Almost one third of the total car sales in Norway in 2018 were 100% electric vehicles.
Norway sets a new sales record for electric cars according to this website
In 2018 , almost one third of the total of just under 148,000 new cars sold in Norway were fully electric . With this, the Nordic country has set a new world record that is aimed at the goal of the Norwegian parliament that all new cars are carbon-free by 2025 .
As a way of encouraging the use of electric vehicles to reduce air pollution, the Norwegian Government exempts this type of vehicle from most taxes . To accelerate the change of diesel and gasoline engines, it also offers other benefits such as free parking and charging points.
This Wednesday, the Norwegian Road Federation (NRF) has announced that electric cars increased to 31.2% of all sales last year of 20.8% in 2017 and only 5.5% in 2013. “It was a small step closer to the target of 2025,” Oeyvind Solberg Thorsen, head of the NRF, told a conference, according to the source.
According to data from the NRF, the sale of new cars in the country fell by 6.8% in 2018 to 147,929 vehicles. The sale of 100% electric cars increased 40% to 46,092, while the sale of diesel models decreased to 28% , from gasoline cars to 17% and from hybrids that can not be connected to 20%. The best selling electric model was the Nissan Leaf . Also, the Norwegians opted for small BMWs, Volkswagens, full-size sedans and Tesla’s electric sports cars.
In contrast, the sale of electric cars in Iceland was 12% , in Sweden 6% , in China 2.2% in 2017 and in the United States 1.2% , according to data from the International Energy Agency (IEA, by its acronym in English).
Opinions divided on the goal of 2025
The record figure consolidates Norway’s global leadership as the country with sales of electric cars per capita in its effort to transform itself from being the largest producer of oil and gas in Western Europe to a greener economy. However, opinions are divided on whether the 2025 goal can be achieved .
Erik Andresen, head of the federation of auto importers in Norway, said the boom in electric cars is hampering the nation’s tax revenue , raising questions about how to raise cash from the 5.3 million people in the future.
The Norwegian consultancy Institute of Transport Economics (ITE) doubts that the goal is achieved . Economist Lasse Fridstroem of the ITE believes that it will not be possible “mainly because many people do not have a private parking space and will not want to buy a car that is plugged in if they can not establish a charging point at home.” He believes that a 75% market share can be achieved if the tax benefits are maintained.
For its part, the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association (NEVA, for its acronym in English) is feasible to achieve a market share of 100%. “We know that access to cargo is a real barrier (…) and there is also the risk that there are not enough cars available,” said Christina Bu, director of NEVA, according to Reuters . He also added that many people must wait a year or more for their electric car to be delivered to them.