| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

Why Norway is full of Teslas

There are Teslas everywhere in this
city. Up until today I’d seen a total of about five Teslas my entire life. And three of those five were behind glass cases in luxury malls. I’ve been in Oslo
for like a couple of hours and I’ve seen like 50 Teslas. There’s one right there. They’re beautiful, they’re sleek, they are efficient, they’re fast and they’re
$70,000. Here comes another one up the road. Oh yeah. 100% electricity, no gas, and it
can go from like zero to 100 kilometers in like five seconds. I have no idea, I’m not
a car person, so I don’t know if that’s right. Here in Norway in 2014,
Tesla actually broke a record for number of cars sold in a month for a single
model, of any kind of car not just electric cars. And you look around for a
few minutes and you realize it’s not just Teslas. There are electric cars
everywhere. Like, I see electric cars in the United States but nothing like this.
Oh, there’s a Tesla, there’s a Tesla. There it goes. Turns out that Oslo is
actually the epicenter of electric cars generally. You can tell which cars are electric by
their license plate. So this “E” at the beginning determines if it’s electric.
In 2016 in the United States of all the new cars that were purchased about 1% were
electric, more like 0.9%. In Norway it was 29% and that trend is only speeding up:
in January this year the share was like 37% or something of all the cars
purchased being electric. Where on earth have I ended up? I’ve
been kind of wandering around and I feel like I’m about to enter a secret cave.
The real question is can I fly my drone over this amazing waterfall? I’ve never flown
a drone in Norway before so we’ll see how this goes. 99% of Norway’s electricity comes from
hydropower which is like dams. So you have really cheap clean energy that can
be used to power these electric cars. The real core explanation here, the reason why
there are so many Teslas and so many electric cars on the road comes down to
government policy. The government incentivizes very very strongly people
to buy electric cars. This happens in various forms: you get
free parking if you drive an electric car, you get access to the HOV Lane, which
has way less traffic, you don’t have to pay registration fees, you get tax
deductions on your income tax, and perhaps the biggest incentive of all is
on the business side: companies like Tesla don’t ha ve to pay sales tax for
selling here in Norway and so all of this combined makes it actually way way
cheaper for someone to buy a Tesla here in Norway than to buy one in the United
States. Well it’s been fun exploring this random
little area I think the big takeaway from this whole entire journey so far is
even thugz cry. So just remember: even thugz cry. Alright, this is perhaps my favorite sight so far. There are 2,000 of these charging stations here in Oslo. Excuse me can I ask you a couple, I’m so
curious about – can I record it? Yeah, of course. So it’s it’s all free. It’s free? Yeah, it’s free. This is what you get from buying an
electric car. You get free charging and you can go in and out of Oslo without
paying for the “bompenger” (toll). All of these subsidies we’re talking about that,
help fund these electric cars are funded by what’s called sovereign wealth fund.
It’s this huge fund that Norway has it’s worth almost a trillion dollars. The
government owns it it’s basically their rainy day fund and this is what they use
to fund the subsidies. The sovereign wealth fund in Norway is comprised
almost entirely of oil money, oil and gas money, fossil fuels. Norway’s a huge
producer of oil and gas and they sell that to other countries and reap the
benefits in terms of revenue and put that into the sovereign wealth fund
which then gets funneled into subsidies for electric cars. So they’re not burning
the oil here and releasing carbon into the atmosphere but they’re sending off
to go be burned somewhere else. I asked my friend Tor what he thinks about this.
Tor, what do you feel about Norway being this green sustainable society, but
really depending at the end of the day on fossil fuels in order to make that
happen? Is that a tension within the Norwegian
psyche? So I think the way we resolve it is basically that the world needs oil.
It needs, you know there’s a lot of countries are developing: China, India,
that will always need energy and we would argue that we extract it more
greenly than other countries. We’re buying good conscience for
sure yeah but like it’s better than doing anything. We’re fully aware that
there’s like green shift we’re talking about is funded by you know oil money.
The irony is not lost on us in any way. So I think Tor is right — I think that the
fact that Norway is exporting its carbon footprint to other countries, it doesn’t
cancel out all of the wonderful progressive green things that they’re
doing here. This is a story about incentives and green infrastructure and a green society but it’s also a story about how fossil fuels continue to make
the world go round. I am tired and jet-lagged and haven’t
slept in like twenty three hours. I’m gonna go to bed. It was a fun day chasing Teslas. Tomorrow, we go to the North Pole.



Jun 6, 2017, 4:49 pm Reply

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Aug 8, 2019, 4:30 am Reply

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Simon Rup

Aug 8, 2019, 4:03 am Reply

Is it an advertise for “Tesla”? I am here to get some promo code to buy one. ?

Thomas Kim

Aug 8, 2019, 4:01 pm Reply

0:46 and I was like "is that a custom model s exhaust mod"

Chandler Minh

Aug 8, 2019, 2:22 pm Reply

Hello Norway, give refuge to Muslims only if they are ready to follow local norms..
Otherwise You will regret.
―an Indian

Ray Chiu

Aug 8, 2019, 3:24 pm Reply

That's great news. I discovered that Shanghai also has a lot of electric cars too. The world is slowly changing

Richard Aguilar

Aug 8, 2019, 3:08 am Reply

A Tesla doesn’t make an exhaust sound lol 00:42

Jadon Walcott

Aug 8, 2019, 1:44 pm Reply

0:37 how is that electric ?

William Gustavsen Bakke

Aug 8, 2019, 10:02 pm Reply

Iam from Norway
Jeg er fra Norge

Taseen Ahmed

Aug 8, 2019, 9:53 pm Reply

Why london is full of Toyota


Aug 8, 2019, 1:20 am Reply

Come to The Netherlands, Taxi Teslas, each street has like 2.


Aug 8, 2019, 3:55 am Reply

Go to San Francisco there is a lot of teslas too


Aug 8, 2019, 8:33 am Reply

Stop acting like Tesla's are so good for the environment. The electricity it takes, comes from fossil fuels, at least most of the time. To make the cars exterior itself, it requires loads of machines that cause pollution. Then finally, the batteries that they use. The batteries produce some of the most toxic materials, when they are made. Even though Tesla's are not made in Norway, they are contributing to the making of them, by buying them.

M Qayyum

Aug 8, 2019, 4:27 pm Reply

0 to 100 KM in 5 seconds? are you sure that's like 58 times the speed of sound. Now 0-100 kmph might be believable.

Niko Lindroos

Aug 8, 2019, 4:41 pm Reply

oops, i accidently sold all my stuff and bouth ticket to oslo

Life O’ Luke

Aug 8, 2019, 5:00 am Reply

Seattle (Wa, USA) has a lot of Tesla’s


Aug 8, 2019, 6:13 am Reply

Sorry, what device did he used to record and stabilize?

ARP DaftFunk

Aug 8, 2019, 2:44 pm Reply

One of the best presentors

duhnuh pir

Aug 8, 2019, 3:55 pm Reply

Norway pleaseee adopt me.. ?

Don’t my. Name is Don fat. Heads. Carmichael

Aug 8, 2019, 9:02 pm Reply

It. Was. Over. Engineer. The. Body.


Aug 8, 2019, 4:44 pm Reply

I am 100% sure ive seen that Camaro before. Theres like 5 guys in oslo that owns a camaro, and that is one of 2 ive seen.

Leonhard Pauli

Aug 8, 2019, 5:27 pm Reply

In austria the license plate is greenish if it is an e-car


Aug 8, 2019, 3:18 am Reply

Thats the most ridiculous first world problem ever

Barry Brockbank

Aug 8, 2019, 5:21 am Reply

These presentation series are excellent. Well done Vox.


Aug 8, 2019, 2:37 pm Reply

Norwegian people are godamm rich.


Aug 8, 2019, 8:27 pm Reply

at least we know even thugz cry

Victoria Oguta

Sep 9, 2019, 7:52 pm Reply

ummmm have u been to California?!?

salty scalp

Sep 9, 2019, 3:50 am Reply

I live in Norway, I looked out the window and counted a total of 7 teslas.

Unknown Person

Sep 9, 2019, 4:46 am Reply

If this was in india
1. The charging wont be free.
2. GST rise every month
3. The charging port will be damaged by now.

slimmerslime – Gameplay

Sep 9, 2019, 7:10 am Reply

Man you haven’t been to Seattle or Redmond in Washington cause here there are so much more tbh

Sep 9, 2019, 1:27 pm Reply

Because Norway knows what their doing

Don’t talk about Fight club

Sep 9, 2019, 10:52 pm Reply

I feel like visiting Norway ??

Txsla Mxdz

Sep 9, 2019, 2:18 am Reply

Cause people know where the good stuff is.

Luis Mediavilla

Sep 9, 2019, 5:00 am Reply

There is no way to compare a five millón people country to a 40 millón people one.


Sep 9, 2019, 1:54 pm Reply

If we want to save the planet it’s imperative that all vehicles become electric and that we stop eating meat, stop totally, and also people must stop traveling by plane which is a huge source of emissions, together with good and strong legislation forcing our new habits to sink in, especially in children in schools teach them these things and we can do it!

Egg Trolls

Sep 9, 2019, 4:37 pm Reply

Where are you based that you’ve only seen 2 Teslas in the wild?


Sep 9, 2019, 7:23 pm Reply

laughs in bay area

Saurabh Pukhrayan

Sep 9, 2019, 5:54 am Reply

Very nice city


Sep 9, 2019, 8:30 am Reply

Honolulu Hawaii has a lot of Tesla’s too


Sep 9, 2019, 3:11 pm Reply

We are?

Koh Nellie

Sep 9, 2019, 4:22 pm Reply

Tesla can be seen evrywhr in Hong Kong too

SlavicGirl BG

Sep 9, 2019, 9:12 pm Reply

My country is pretty poor according to Norway but there are Teslas everywhere.

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Sep 9, 2019, 2:10 am Reply

rike homser helvete..

Smuggle Snuggle

Sep 9, 2019, 3:18 am Reply

0:37 Vox just editing in the sound of a motor car


Sep 9, 2019, 4:09 am Reply

I don't know about Norway-it's a terribly small country with little native population growth [~to Sweden], but here is the USA, with, let's say 89% electric cars, ALL home appliances, infrastructure, electronic surveillance of 320 million citizens all "plugged" into the grid–> well, electricity will be used up- let's just say there won't be enuf. ..Where're we going to get it?…Thank God I won't be here when THAT war breaks out!

Juu So

Sep 9, 2019, 4:42 am Reply

Is no one questioning why that first Tesla made the same noise that a combustion engine makes???

Sahrul Layworu

Sep 9, 2019, 3:25 pm Reply

I don't think norway have beautiful city

Jejejf Jdmdjddm

Sep 9, 2019, 5:42 pm Reply


Josh Kamins

Sep 9, 2019, 11:52 pm Reply

"Up until today I have only seen five Tesla's in my life"… I guess you've never been to Los Angeles.

jiawei xiang

Sep 9, 2019, 3:00 am Reply

sustain society by exporting oil

vincent martine

Sep 9, 2019, 12:39 pm Reply

why is he talking about tesla in a jungle

Devonte Sanders

Sep 9, 2019, 2:26 am Reply

Do they want a new citizen ?


Sep 9, 2019, 10:10 am Reply

Indian government learn something from Norway!!!

Aron Kwak

Sep 9, 2019, 6:16 pm Reply

it's actually clean there.

naufal naufal hazza nabila

Sep 9, 2019, 3:22 am Reply

How nice to live in a non profit driven country


Sep 9, 2019, 12:45 am Reply

What song is used in this video?

Yacahuma X

Sep 9, 2019, 3:11 pm Reply

The fact that no one likes to talk about. Norway is over 83% Norwegian. Diversity does not work. A lot of problems in the US with people from different countries, all pulling in different directions. Sad.

Abang Jalan2

Sep 9, 2019, 5:33 pm Reply

what is that camera?


Sep 9, 2019, 6:51 pm Reply

cause they got the money… norway can efford everything !

bobby sanders

Sep 9, 2019, 1:19 am Reply

at 39 seconds he added an engine sound effect to a tesla…… why

Mo omgittfac

Sep 9, 2019, 5:31 am Reply

O see real as every where where I live?!

Kenz300 x

Sep 9, 2019, 10:15 am Reply

Tesla is leading the way to an emissions free future. Electric Vehicles are just better.
Legacy auto makers are following dragging their feet kicking and screaming.
Gas and diesel are OLD polluting technology.

Kenz300 x

Sep 9, 2019, 10:22 am Reply

All transportation will go electric. It is just better.
No noise, No emissions. Less fuel costs. Less maintenance costs.
Gas and diesel are OLD polluting technology.
It is like when the iPhone came out. Soon after no one wanted a land line.
Electric vehicles are the same idea. NEW emissions free technology wins over OLD polluting technology.
Hopefully in the future no one will want an OLD polluting vehicle.

Hope Nilsen

Sep 9, 2019, 4:09 pm Reply

I see them everywhere lol… theyre not that expensive

Paul Cheek

Sep 9, 2019, 9:18 pm Reply

because Norway is intelligent progressive and cares about the earth…from america

Paul Cheek

Sep 9, 2019, 9:21 pm Reply

Norwegians can afford Tesla- one of the best countries on earth. The US is becoming Third World…..

Zeb Alford

Sep 9, 2019, 8:03 pm Reply

We have free charging on the Reservoir here in Brandon Mississippi of all places


Sep 9, 2019, 9:27 pm Reply

I fail to see how using money from a polluting source and investing it into clean EVs is ironic, oil is gonna be drilled for many reasons until we can do without it (planes,chemicals,plastics etc) so if you actually use those profits to fix another problem (air pollution from ICE cars) how is it ironic ??? If it was private companies getting Norwegian oil they would just fill their pockets until it dries out.

Life Death

Sep 9, 2019, 9:48 pm Reply

He said Oslo so wrong ?

David Wright

Sep 9, 2019, 3:40 pm Reply

I think Norway should run the world

Mr Alpha

Sep 9, 2019, 7:52 pm Reply

When I was in Norway I saw 158teslas and I sat in my car and cunted all of them


Sep 9, 2019, 8:37 pm Reply

There are way more today! Pretty much every other car is a Tesla


Sep 9, 2019, 8:43 pm Reply

An important thing to know: the government is only allowed to use the interest of the money in the fund.

Chunked Mc

Sep 9, 2019, 4:06 pm Reply

Are we not gonna talk about that fire mustang?


Sep 9, 2019, 5:19 pm Reply

Electric cars are not "zero emissions" such a scam for you consumer fools.

Vince Oubre

Sep 9, 2019, 6:56 pm Reply

Come to the SF Bay Area in North California. Literally everybody here owns a Tesla.


Sep 9, 2019, 2:44 pm Reply

im so happy that i live in norway

Monki Donki

Sep 9, 2019, 7:55 pm Reply

The reason why Norwegians want electric cars is that they do not want to pay toll. Everyone is freaking out about it.


Sep 9, 2019, 10:41 pm Reply

?? ?


Sep 9, 2019, 2:43 pm Reply

Because there is NORWAY there wouldnt be.


Sep 9, 2019, 1:06 pm Reply

When they were charging on the streets, is it free?

Gianni Bleya

Sep 9, 2019, 8:17 pm Reply

I'm proud of my country mate gaining his name in Norway. Greetings from Serbia, the nation Tesla was from!

Harraz Masri

Sep 9, 2019, 11:01 am Reply

I just wanna live there….

MemeNation – Compilations

Sep 9, 2019, 2:55 am Reply

Yep i see tesla EVERYWHERE


Sep 9, 2019, 7:57 pm Reply

Once again, Welcome to Norway.????????????????????????

Leander Godwin

Sep 9, 2019, 4:55 am Reply

All models get common charger ?

Marvin Borisch

Sep 9, 2019, 8:28 am Reply

Americans in Europe:
– Films license plates, showing it everyone online without censoring
– Films on a graveyard, talking about cars, disrespecting the dead

Besides that, nice video!

maen ngawor

Sep 9, 2019, 6:07 am Reply

Out of focus video. Set your autofocus before recording dude

Erik Nybo Sande

Sep 9, 2019, 8:57 pm Reply

Haha, all the Americans are just jealous??

Chakshul Pandya

Sep 9, 2019, 12:54 am Reply

1:18 *bus

Garage Band Man

Sep 9, 2019, 12:31 pm Reply

even thugz cry


Sep 9, 2019, 10:07 am Reply

clean energy?? hydro is a murder spree of fish, it prevents them from migrating, air kills birds, the best right now is solar energy, or a thorium reactor

Sneaky Master

Sep 9, 2019, 2:34 pm Reply

Reasons to buy an electric car in norway:

1) not have to pay for fuel (fuel is more expensive here in norway)

2) get to use buss/ taxi lane if there are more than 1 human being in the car (this one wont be a thing in like 3 months or so)

3) Not pay toll ( its really expensive here) (thats not a privilege any more)

4) more of the money goes to the actual car because there is less sales tax on electric cars

lauritz DK

Sep 9, 2019, 8:11 pm Reply

They are RICH

0 piateed

Sep 9, 2019, 3:59 am Reply

in norway is not often you see a camaro

AngryPCLobby Zweitchannel

Sep 9, 2019, 12:48 pm Reply

at gas prices of 7.5 USD a gallon, no wonder they buy teslas duh


Sep 9, 2019, 11:14 am Reply

were you showing off American by walking on train line?? just beware kids watching this and just take yours as a good sample. haven't you heard somebody get hit by a train while walking blogging like you? i have heard two times.

Douglas Luxenberg

Sep 9, 2019, 12:37 pm Reply

I’ve rode in a Tesla in the US


Oct 10, 2019, 3:15 pm Reply

What I learned from this video:
Norway = A cold and democratic Saudi Arabia

Aravind MK

Oct 10, 2019, 2:23 am Reply

To emit emf radiation

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