While the sheer size of the venue is impressive, it should come as no surprise that it was built in Norway, which has the highest percentage share of electric vehicles in the world. With Norway flush with relatively inexpensive hydroelectric power, the Norwegian government has been very aggressive in pushing for zero-emissions vehicles, offering perks for EV drivers such as no road taxes, registration fees, or sales tax on new-vehicle acquisitions, as well as free public parking, public charging, and ferry transport.
In fact, Norway earlier this year was believed to be jumping further into the deep end when it comes to its commitment to EVs. That's because its 2018-2029 National Transport Plan, which was released this spring suggested that the country may eventually enforce a ban on all gas- and diesel-powered cars, possibly within the next decade. Last month, though, a spokesman for the Norwegian Transport Ministry said there was no such plan in place.