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Two persons per car
At the end of 2014, 2.5 million passenger cars were registered in Norway. This corresponded to 491 passenger cars per 1 000 inhabitants. As last year, the stock of electric passenger cars more than doubled in one year, and constituted more than 38 000 as per 31 December 2014.
|2014||Change in per cent|
|2013 - 2014||2002 - 2012|
|Private cars||2 555 443||2.2||34.5|
|Combined vehicles||30 247||-11.6||-68.3|
|Special purpose vehicles||7 802||-1.0||-14.1|
|Light motor cycles||22 115||3.6||110.4|
|Heavy motor cycles||145 534||3.6||73.0|
|Snow scooters||77 528||1.5||48.6|
|Trailers||1 273 243||3.3||67.3|
The stock of passenger cars has grown steadily since the buying restrictions were repealed on 1 October 1960. The first million passenger cars was reached in 1976. During the next 30 years the second million was exceeded. The stock of 2.5 million at the end of 2014 was 2.2 per cent higher than the previous year.
Soon half a million light vans
The stock of light vans constituted 442 000 at the end of 2014; 1.7 per cent more than 2013.
Near the EU average
The density of passenger cars in the EU-27 is about the same as in Norway, with 487 passenger cars per 1 000 inhabitants (2012). The highest density was observed in Luxembourg, with 663 per 1 000 inhabitants, and the lowest was Romania with 224.
Nearly 50 000 pure electric passenger cars
A total of 38 652 electric passenger cars were registered in Norway at the beginning of 2015, compared to 17 770 in 2013. Light vans are still seldom found on Norwegian roads and the stock increased from 511 to 1 068 at the end of 2014.
Most electric cars in Akershus
Fifty-five per cent of all electric passenger cars were registered in Akershus, Oslo and Hordaland counties at the end of 2014. Out of the municipalities, most electric vehicles were registered in Oslo and Bergen, with 6 998 and 3 607 respectively.
Almost half are diesel
Out of the 2.5 million registered passenger cars at the beginning of this year, about 46 per cent were run on diesel; an increase of two percentage points compared to the previous year. Even though the sale of electric cars is steadily growing, the stock only amounted to 1.5 per cent of the total stock of passenger cars as per 31 December 2014.
No change in average age
At the end of 2014, Norwegian passenger cars were 10.5 years old on average. The average age has remained the same for the last five years. In 2011, the average age of passenger cars in selected EU countries was 8.6 years.
Oldest cars in Oppland
At the end of 2014, the average age for passenger cars registered in Oppland county was 13.0 years. The newest passenger cars were registered in Oslo, with an average age of 7.8 years.
Fewer cars scrapped
In 2014, 144 385 passenger cars and light vans were scrapped for a refund; a decrease of 4.3 per cent compared to the previous year. The average age at the time of scrapping was 18.5 years for passenger cars and 15.6 years for light vans.
The eldest cars in Northern Norway
In Finnmark county, the average age of passenger cars at the time of scrapping was 20.3 years. The lowest average age was in Oslo with 17.3 years.
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