Lines at charging stations in Norway tend to be longer in winter than in summer, as vehicles are slower to charge in cold weather, but this has become less of a problem in recent years as Norway has built more charging ports, Mr. Godbolt said, quoting a recent one. Survey of members. Additionally, he said, most people in Norway live in houses, not apartments, and about 90 percent of electric vehicle owners have their own charging stations at home.
Worldwide, 14 percent of all new cars sold in 2022 were electric, up from 9 percent in 2021 and less than 5 percent in 2020, according to international energy agency, which provides data on energy security. In Europe, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and Denmark were expected to have the highest share of electric vehicles in new car registrations in 2022. European Environment Agency,
The problem of cold weather is likely to reduce as companies are updating electric vehicle models. Even over the past few years, companies have developed capabilities that allow new models to be more efficient in the cold. “These new challenges emerge, and the industry finds its own ways to solve many of these issues, if not completely, but at least partially,” Mr. Godbolt said.
James Boley, a spokesman for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the trade association representing more than 800 automotive companies in Britain, said all vehicles, including those running on diesel or gas, perform poorly in cold weather. He said the problem lies less with the ability of electric vehicles to operate well in cold weather and more with the inability to provide necessary infrastructure like charging stations.
With a gas- or diesel-powered car, drivers are more confident they’ll find gas stations, he said, so they focus less on their decreased efficiency in cold weather. “If electric vehicle charging infrastructure doesn’t exist, this may be of greater concern.”