For the first time in history, electric vehicles (EVs) have outsold petrol and diesel models in Norway, one of the world’s leaders in pushing for zero-emission vehicles.
EVs made up 58.4 percent of all vehicle sales in Norway for the month of March, with 10,732 of the 18,375 new cars registered in the country. That’s more than twice as many EVs as were sold in the same month a year ago.
Norway is a leader in the adoption of zero-emission vehicles and the government has set an ambitious goal to stop selling new petrol and diesel passenger cars and vans by 2025.
Telsa’s Model 3 was the most popular EV, with 5,315 Model 3 sedans registered in March. That set a Norwegian record for sales of a single car model in one month.
One top of the EV sales, Norwegians also bought 3,469 hybrid passenger cars sold in March, which was a 10 percent fall on March 2018 sales. However, the number of gas and diesel vehicle sales dropped to a record low.
Norway has several incentives to encourage people to buy electric cars. Zero-emission cars don’t attract the 25 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) and are also exempt from Norway’s carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and weight taxes, which are imposed on gas and diesel vehicles. They also get discounts on parking, toll roads and ferries.
The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association projects that electric vehicles will make up about 50 percent of the country’s car sales in 2019.