More than half of all cars sold in Norway are electric or hybrid
Figures released by the Norwegian Road Federation reveal that 52% of vehicles sold in Norway in 2017 were either electric or hybrid…
GENEROUS SUBSIDIES and greater variety have seen a sharp uptick in electric or hybrid vehicle sales in Norway as the country moves away from fossil fuels. In 2017, more than half of all cars sold in Norway were either electric or hybrid.
The top sellers in Norway for 2017 were the VW Golf, BMW i3, Toyota RAV4 and Tesla Model X all of these vehicles are available either as pure electric or with hybrid powertrains. However, if you remove the sale of hybrid vehicles, the uptick in electric vehicle sales is still impressive, growing from 29% in 2016 to 39% of all cars sold in 2017 – Norway new car sales are around 200,000 annually.
In Australia, electric vehicle sales realise between 1300-1700 annually.
“No one else is close” in terms of a national share of electric cars, Norwegian Road Federation (OFV) chief Oeyvind Solberg Thorsen said. “For the first time we have a fossil-fuel market share below 50 percent.”
The second-best performing country was the Netherlands with just 6.9% of vehicles sold being electric vehicles.
Norway exempts new electric cars from almost all taxes meaning an electric vehicle can be much cheaper than its combustion engine equivalent. It also offers perks, like free or subsidised parking, re-charging and use of toll roads, ferries and tunnels. The country also generates almost all its electricity from hydropower, which helps it reduce its vehicle-based emissions.
Norway’s Government has signed a non-binding agreement to reach 100% sales of zero emissions vehicles in the country by 2025.