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This is an interesting case on how EU regulations work, the Norwegian EU relations, some possible Brexit consequences and more.

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The waiting time for an EV in Norway may be three years for the most popular long range models like Kona and Niro.

Norway is not member of EU, formally, no vote, but full member of the European Economic Area (EEA) along with Iceland and Liechtenstein. Norway is also not part of Euro Zone. (Norway is also Schengen Treaty member, unlike UK, Ireland and some South-Eastern countries.)

That means Norway must accept all EU regulations that EU decides is mandatory and relevant for EEA. In som other cases Norway may get invited to participate and then may elect to do so. (In many cases excluded from, as non-member.)

European Commission has decided that by 2021 all car manufactures fleet must have maximum 95 g CO2 emissions per kilometer, as average. Norway has a stricter policy, 85 g by 2020, as average, but only as decided goal. Until now, Norway has elected not to be a part of the EU scheme on the matter.

The penalty for car manufacturers in EU who will not comply is astronomical. So they must sell enough EVs inside EU to come clean, literally.

The consequence of the Norwegian stance has been that, even if EV sales in Norway are high, only a very limited amount of EVs get available for consumers. This is because the Norwegian sales don't count. Hyundai and Kia has been known to register EVs as sold in Germany, while really sold in Norway (source not verified).

This will now change, as Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) will (most probably) decide to accept the EU agreement and participate from 2019.

So from 2019, car manufacturers will have an incentive to route a larger part of their EV production to Norway, to satisfy the demand.

Brexit may bring UK in the same situation as the one Norway are just getting out of. But I guess, depends on final agreements on Brexit, if anyone is awake enough to get it in soon enough, or decide on own, national regulations that are equally strict. Else, UK EV sales (consumers) may suffer.

Source: https://www.tu.no/artikler/en-avgjorelse-i-stortinget-kan-sorge-for-at-ventelistene-pa-elbiler-blir-kortere/450771 (Norwegian)
 

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This is up for decision in Norwegian parliament today. Most say, if these EU regulations is not implemented, it will be even more difficult for Norwegian importers of electric vehicles to get enough cats to meet the demand. Manufacturers will want to sell mostly in EU to reduce fleet emissions.
 
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