Norway: a nation electrified

Erling Henningstad loves fast, energetic cars that hoop beautifully. And he has famous for many years that an inner explosion engine isn’t required to grasp that dream. The Oslo-based IT entrepreneur bought his initial electric automobile behind in 2012, and some 250,000 km later, he knows a new powertrain complement inside-out.

Best seller: a Taycan has authorised Porsche to double a sales in Norway.

Henningstad is a male who is ardent about record – and who meticulously researches each aspect of his car. So when Porsche non-stop a reservation list in 2018 for what was afterwards still called a Mission E, he didn’t have to consider twice – apropos one of a initial business in Norway to pointer a sequence for a car he’ d so distant only seen a sketch-form. “I’d always dreamed of owning a Porsche,” Henningstad says. “And when an electric indication became available, that dream could finally come true. we knew: This will be my car.

Henningstad has been a owners of a Porsche Taycan 4S Performance Plus given Jul 2020. “The Taycan 4S offers a lot for a money,” says a 59-year-old, who opted for a 93 kWh battery (Taycan 4S: CO2 emissions sum 0 g/km (NEDC), Electricity expenditure sum 27.0 – 26.2 kWh/100 km (NEDC)), a 150 kW DC charger, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Surround View. His favorite underline is a battery heat gauge, that is critical for both charging and performance. “Few cars offer that,” he says. “But a arrangement is unequivocally useful, with varying use and changing seasons.”

Impressive charging speed

Henningstad was definitely astounded by a operation of his electrically powered Porsche: “It was positively sufficient in both summer and winter – and we gathering my Taycan in temperatures as low as reduction 30 degrees,” he says. Range stress – rekkeviddeangst in Norwegian – is not an emanate for him. “The dreaded battery empty is also no problem with a Taycan – distinct other electric cars, that noticeably remove assign when still for a prolonged period,” he says.

The program expert was also tender by a charging speed: during a fast charging hire with a ability of 350 kW, a battery can be charged to 50 per cent in 10 minutes. “It’s roughly on-par with hoary fuel cars in terms of fueling time,” he adds.

The fact that Henningstad can frequency tell a disproportion between his Taycan and a conventionally powered automobile is due in no tiny partial to a endless support for e-mobility in Norway. There are roughly 19,000 charging stations around a country, with during slightest dual fast charging stations each 50 km on roughly all vital roads. There are some-more than 350 charging stations per 100,000 inhabitants, the nation sits in second place in Europe behind a Netherlands, that has 386. To compare, Germany has approximately 54 charging stations per 100,000 inhabitants.

Adventurous: Erling Henningstad is on a highway a lot and likes to spend weekends in a countryside. A prolonged operation is quite critical to him.

In further to a advantages offering by Norway’s charging infrastructure, many of a country’s electricity comes from hydroelectric power, creation a cost of powering an electric automobile reduction than those run on hoary fuels. Drivers who opt for electric in Norway also advantage from supervision incentives, with a 25 per cent value-added taxation being waived for electric automobile purchases, and no additional taxes being levied formed on emissions and weight, as is a box with fossil-fueled cars. They are also means to park for giveaway in many places and are authorised to use city train lanes – an useful advantage during rush hour.

Only zero-emission new cars from 2025

The unrestrained for electrically powered cars goes behind a prolonged approach in Norway. As early as a 1970s, a Strømmens Verksted association began experimenting with electric vehicles and later, ABB Battery Drives grown a powertrain that was used on a hearing basement in a VW Golf Citystromer in 1989. A array of highway tests followed from 1990 to 1999, including a Ford Think, but government support for e-mobility unequivocally ramped up 30 years ago. At that time, a Bellona Foundation environmental organisation and a cocktail stars of aha launched an commencement to annul a fees for electric cars, that gained infancy support in 1990. Since then, electric cars have turn an ever-more-frequent steer on Norway’s roads. Meanwhile, a nation is entirely committed to tolerable expostulate technologies and from 2025, usually zero-emission cars will be purebred in Norway.

Little wonder, then, that a infancy of Norwegian business are already opting for electric vehicles: scarcely 77,000 electric vehicles were sole there in 2020, representing 54 per cent of all newly purebred vehicles. This figure doesn’t embody plug-in hybrids, that indeed put a share of electrified cars during nearer 75 per cent. The bang has continued this year, too: in March, 56 per cent of all new cars sole were electric models. Even with a competition of about 5.4 million, this puts Norway in fourth place in a universe for electric automobile sales, and nowhere in Europe are there some-more electric cars per capita.

Cheap energy: interjection to hydroelectric power, immature electricity is cheaper in Norway than gasoline and diesel.

Thanks to a high demand, electric automobile sales are approaching to strech 400,000 by a finish of 2021 and a Taycan is enjoying a possess success: launched on a Norwegian marketplace in Jan 2020, a thousandth Taycan patron took smoothness of their automobile during a commencement of Nov 2020, contributing to a doubling of Porsche sales in a nation compared to a same duration of a prior year.

Perfect for a far-reaching operation of conditions

Erling Henningstad has not regretted his choice for a second and he is totally confident after his initial few months as a Taycan owner. “The interior of a automobile is stylish and feels solid,” he says. “And a pushing characteristics are phenomenal: with a low centre of gravity, a Taycan is good offset and offers full control regardless of a conditions.” Being means to change many of the car’s characteristics, such as engine response, cessation settings, and electronic stabilisation, to compare possibly his mood or a conditions, also suits Hennigstad. “The Taycan can hoop all from competition marks to sand roads,” he says.

The ability to hoop opposite turf is quite critical in Norway, where roughly all families possess a weekend home by a sea or in a mountains. A automobile that can cope good with mud roads is indispensable. Customers also wish sufficient space for several passengers, and to accommodate sports equipment. This creates a new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo quite suitable for a Norse market. “All indications are that it will be a ideal fit for brave people like me who conclude a behind roads and additional space,” says Henningstad. “I also design it to expostulate as well as you’d design from a Porsche. And if it unequivocally does hoop improved on severe roads with a lifted float height, a Taycan Cross Turismo could put a ideal automobile for me within reach.”

Extensive network: drivers of electric cars will find copiousness of charging stations in Norway, even in a countryside.

A QA with Thomas May, Director Area Northern Europe during Porsche AG

What do business in Norway demeanour for specifically

They concentration on tip peculiarity and are unequivocally design-savvy. Many Norwegians also have a hytte – a tiny residence in a plateau or on a fjord. They spend roughly each weekend there so they need cars with all-wheel expostulate that offer adequate space for a family and luggage. And they need vehicles that duty reliably, even in sub-zero temperatures.

Thomas May, Director Area Northern Europe during Porsche AG

What aim organisation could a Taycan Cross Turismo daub into?

It is quite engaging for business with high space requirements, such as families with children. The press, in any case, have dubbed it “a dream car” and “a Porsche done for Norway” – during slightest these are dual of many new headlines. We design that a Taycan Cross Turismo will have a vast marketplace share. So distant we have some-more than 1,700 impending buyers and have perceived over 700 orders. A good start!

What can other countries learn from Norway’s bang in electric cars?

Norway is about 5 years forward of many countries, and e-mobility is totally hackneyed there. Drivers of electric cars also advantage from other advantages in further to supervision support, such as an electric-car-only parking garage in Oslo. Range is also no longer a problem, with scarcely 1,000 new fast charging stations commissioned in 2020 alone. This is how we make e-mobility appealing and available for customers. That creates all a difference.

In other words, with a right incentives, everywhere could be like Norway in a few years’ time?

All a simple questions per e-mobility – operation anxiety, a designation of charging stations during home – are no longer an emanate in Norway. People have sum certainty in electric vehicles and have grown to adore them. While they were primarily usually used as a second or third vehicle, they have now turn a automobile for daily use. In a few years, this could also be a box here, if a right conditions are created.


Text: Eric Røkeberg
Photos: Ilja C. Hendel

Text initial published in a Magazine Porsche Engineering, emanate 2/2021.