Where Electric Vehicles Reign Supreme

Call them the kings in the north.

Drivers in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and – chief among them – Norway have become the world leaders in buying electric vehicles.

Together the five Nordic countries, home to roughly 0.4 percent of the planet’s population, accounted for 8 percent of the world’s battery-powered, fuel-cell and plug-in hybrid-electric cars and trucks in 2016, according to a recent report by the International Energy Agency.

Although the Nordic nations trail the U.S. and China in total electric vehicle sales, in Norway alone electric vehicles made up 39 percent of new car sales in 2016. In the U.S., by comparison, electric vehicles accounted for just 1.4 percent of new car sales the same year.