Norway’s reputation as a world leader in the adoption of carbon free transport is assured. New data has revealed that over 50% of cars driven on the country’s roads are now either Electric or hybrid.
Despite Norway being the biggest producer of oil in western Europe, the country has challenged itself to be selling only zero-emissions cars from 2025.
To help facilitate the goal, the country’s tax system has been weighted to encourage Potential Car Buyers to purchase electric vehicles with highly competitive prices. Owners of such vehicles benefit from free city tolls, ferry transport (important in a fjord heavy country such as Norway), parking and recharging in public car parks. Electric cars may also be driven in bus lanes.
Of the newly released statistics, the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association said: “The goal of 2025 is ambitious,
“We need to go from 21% market share to 100% in seven years, which means we still have a way to go even if it’s going in the right direction and the increase compared to 2016 is satisfactory.”
The principal problem in meeting the goal is not so much convincing potential car buyers of the benefits of electric, more so the waiting lists for such vehicles which are currently lengthy despite companies such as Tesla and BMW ramping up production numbers in recent months.
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