Transport and tourism;Svalbard
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Registered vehicles


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Key figures

260 692

electric passenger cars at the beginning of 2020

Registered vehicles1
2019Change in per centChange in per cent
2018 - 20192014 - 2019
1The statistics count all registered vehicles as of 31 December
2Includes ambulances, combined vehicles and motor homes
Private cars22 816 0381.78.9
Electric cars260 69233.4574.5
Vans489 4172.610.7
Lorries72 078-0.5-8.4
Busses15 8671.5-7.3
Tractors291 8412.510.6
Special purpose vehicles6 463-3.8-17.2
Mopeds159 273-2.5-10.3
Light motor cycles28 2235.527.6
Heavy motor cycles170 2492.725.0
Snow scooters91 9313.018.6
Trailers1 481 8162.616.4

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Table 1 
Registered vehicles by type of fuel

Registered vehicles by type of fuel
PetrolDieselElectricityHybrid (chargeable)Hybrid (non-chargeable)Other fuel1
1Gas, hydrogen and paraffin, among others
2Includes ambulances, combined vehicles and motor homes
Private cars21 033 0361 295 134260 692116 042110 695439
Vans23 599457 8717 3363981491
Lorries2 47969 03621219521
Buses20214 43619964154812
Tractors58 667232 987990187
Special purpose vehicles2 1084 33420001
Mopeds155 5501 8251 898000
Light motor cycles28 122298001
Heavy motor cycles168 506531 680037
Snow scooters91 92028001

Table 2 
Vehicles scrapped for refund

Vehicles scrapped for refund
Vehicles scrapped, totalPrivate carsVansShare of all private cars scrappedShare of all vans scrappedPrivate cars (average age when scrapped)Vans (average age when scrapped)
200196 72090 7345 9864.82.417.815.4
2002106 49899 5226 9765.22.718.015.7
2003102 34195 2247 1174.92.718.416.0
2004108 880101 9156 9655.22.518.616.0
2005102 04495 5896 4554.72.118.916.0
2006105 32498 3596 9654.
200799 88593 1936 6924.31.818.915.3
2008107 15398 5528 6014.52.318.715.5
200994 49787 1377 3603.91.918.514.9
201098 66290 7587 9043.92.018.414.9
2011117 520107 7879 7334.62.419.216.2
2012117 578107 37310 2054.42.418.115.0
2013150 905137 23913 6665.53.118.415.4
2014144 385130 96613 4195.23.018.515.6
2015135 801122 56613 2354.72.918.415.5
2016134 881121 48413 3974.62.918.315.3
2017136 203121 38514 8184.
2018137 134121 83815 2964.
2019138 855122 38616 4694.43.418.115.3

About the statistics

The purpose of the statistics is to show the structure and development of the vehicle fleet, including the number of vehicles by manufacturer and fuel type. The statistics also provide information on the average age of owners of passenger cars and vans and on the number of cars that are scrapped under the refund scheme.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Carrying capacity

Carrying capacity is the differnce between the maximum permissible weight of the vehicle and the sum of the unladen weight of the vehicle and the weight of driver (75 kg).

Total weight of the vehicle

The maximum permissible weight of the vehicle included people and goods.

Combined vehicle

Vehicle mainly with the purpose of transporting passengers and goods, and with at least one row of seats behind the driver's seat and a complete, solid wall between driver's-/passengers room and the room or platform for goods.

Other lorries

Cover recovery vehicles, concrete-mixer lorries, cesspool emptiers, refuse collection trucks, refrigerator vehicles etc.


Distribution on region refers to the address of the owner of the vehicle as registered in The Register of Vehicles at the Directorate of Public Roads. This is not always corresponding with the county/municipality where the vehicle is in use. This applies particularly to vehicles owned by a leasing company.


Standard classifications

The vehicle groups are given in https://www.ssb.no/en/klass/klassifikasjoner/111 and defined in the Norwegian regulation for vehicles.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Registered vehicles
Topic: Transport and tourism

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Responsible division

Division for Energy, Environmental and Transport Statistics

Regional level

County or municipality.

Frequency and timeliness

Frequency: Annual

Timeliness: The statistics on registered vehicles refers to 31 December, while the statistics on cars scrapped for refund is a sum for the calendar year. The statistics is published 15-17 weeks after the end of the year.

International reporting

Not relevant


Encrypted production data are stored at micro level.


Background and purpose

The purpose is to provide information about the stock of vehicles and about the number of cars that have been scrapped through the refund programme introduced on 1st May 1978.

The statistics on registered goods vehicles were disused in 2003 but some of the tables are continued here. The statistics on cars scrapped for refund were established in 1985 and as from 2007 it was published together with the statistics on registered vehicles.

Users and applications

The statistics are used by environmental authorities and organisations, professional organisations and others interested in information about the age and structure of the stock of vehicles in Norway. There is a great deal of interest in statistics describing the stock of vehicles, especially from people dealing with traffic safety and environmental issues. The statistics also provide an important basis for estimating domestic transport performances.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 08 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

Figures on the stock of passenger cars distributed on municipality are published in KOSTRA (Transport).

Key figures for first registration of passenger cars are published monthly as part of business cycles indicators .

Some main tables are published in Statistical Yearbook .

Legal authority

Statistics Act Sections 2-1, 3-2 (Administrative registers).

EEA reference

Not relevant



The statistics on registered vehicles cover vehicles with mounted number plates as of 31 December. It cover vehicles with all kinds of Norwegian number plates except trade plates.

The statistics on cars scrapped for refund cover private cars and vans with a total weight of less than 3.5 tonnes.

Data sources and sampling

The Register of Vehicles at the Directorate of Public Roads and vehicle refund data from the Directorate of Customs and Excise. The Register of Vehicles contains technical and other information about vehicle stocks in Norway. The vehicle refund data contain information on the number of scrapped vehicles as well as the scrapping date. Via the number plates of the scrapped vehicles it is possible to obtain valuable information on the specific vehicles removed from traffic.



Collection of data, editing and estimations

Data file from The Register of Vehicles at the Directorate of Public Roads covering a situational report on the 31st of December

Data file from the Directorate of Customs and Excise covering the total summary of vehicles scrapped for refund during the last calendar year.

The results are checked against the numbers published by the Directorate of Public Roads.

The statistics are estimated by counting vehicles fulfilling the given criteria. For private cars and vans the average age is estimated.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


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Comparability over time and space

For the statistics on cars scrapped for refund comparable statistics are given back to 1985. Figures for scrapped vehicles 1999-2003 have been corrected. Previously these tables included vehicles where the numberplate had been dismounted in the last six years. From 2004 all tables include vehicles where the numberplate had been dismounted after 1977.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Mistakes may occur when registration information is punched at the time of registration of new vehicles or re-registration of already registered vehicles.

Loading of data in the AUTOSYS-database is done via online connection, and problems with delayed registration are considered as minimal.

In evaluating the material, the makes' market share over time should be taken into consideration. It must also be emphasized that the average age of scrapped vehicles of different makes cannot necessarily be used as an estimate of the age of the corresponding vehicles manufactured today.



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