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ESA gives Norway EV incentives the nod. As pollution in Norway’s cities is deemed too high, the EFTA Surveillance Authority says current EV concessions can remain in place until 2017. 50,000 electric vehicles are now on the road in Norway. Motorists in Norway benefit from perks including zero VAT, free parking, and road toll exemptions. Norwegian authorities notified ESA of the zero VAT rating in November 2014.

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ESA gives Norway EV incentives the nod

Published on Tuesday, 21st April, 2015 at 14:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

As pollution in Norway’s cities is deemed too high, the EFTA Surveillance Authority says current EV concessions can remain in place until 2017.

Tesla Model S charge port
Tesla Model S charge port
Photo: Joseph Thornton/Flickr


50,000 electric vehicles are now on the road in Norway.

Motorists in Norway benefit from perks including zero VAT, free parking, and road toll exemptions. Norwegian authorities notified ESA of the zero VAT rating in November 2014.

The Rightist coalition is due to consider the issue of continuing these and other policies. This is because the vehicle threshold, rather than the cut-off date of 2017, is now reached.

ESA concludes, Tuesday, that Norway’s policies are in line with state aid guidelines set forth in the EEA Agreement.

In a statement, ESA President Oda Sletnes says that “The Norwegian fleet of electric cars is the largest per capita in the world. In 2014, 12.5 % of new registrations in Norway were electric cars, compared to only 0.3 % in the EU.”

“This clearly shows how the measures put in place by the Norwegian authorities strengthen the demand for zero-emissions cars and thus contributes to a greener transport sector. This is essential to achieve the climate targets and to improve the poor air quality observed in many cities,” she adds.

Norway is also due to appear in the EFTA Court in Luxembourg for breaches of the EU’s Ambient Air Quality Directive.

It has been found that limit values for NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide), PM10 (Particulate Matter up to 10 micrometres in size) and SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide) are higher than permitted.

ESA brought an action against the Scandinavian country on 16th February this year. The Authority’s Oda Sletnes has stated that they are “still not satisfied with progress” on measures Norway has put in place to help combat emissions levels.

Erik Aasheim, communications advisor at the Ministry of Climate and Environment, informed The Foreigner of their position.

“The emissions of pollutants in Norway have decreased steadily the last decades, and significant steps to address the issue of air pollution, in particular from traffic, have been taken. Still, there are exceedances of the limit values in relation to certain components in certain areas, especially in relation to NO2. Action is now being taken in order to further improve local air quality in Norway,” he writes in his email.

Mr Aasheim also says that Norway’s Environment Agency (Miljødirektoratet) is given a supervisory role in certain respects, mainly reporting data to the Authority. The municipalities are tasked with carrying out air quality plans.

“The Agency has taken a more active role in relation to giving guidance and ensuring that the work with the air quality plans is in accordance with the obligations in the [Ambient Air Quality] Directive,” he states.

“In addition, the Government has assessed the need for measures in order to comply with the limit values in the Directive, and has now initiated a process in order to enable the municipalities to establish low-emission zones.”

Norwegian authorities have until 27th April 2015 to submit Norway’s defence in the matter.

A judgement against Norway would mean authorities have to comply with the Directive. ESA can bring the matter to court again if this does not happen.



Published on Tuesday, 21st April, 2015 at 14:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: electriccars, co2, climate, emissions, globalwarming.





  
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