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Norway tops world electric vehicle sales. The Scandinavian country is only seconded in the global EV sales market by Holland. Vehicle numbers in other countries trail. Norway’s electrified vehicles accounted for 6.1 per cent of global sales in 2013, with the Netherlands’ being 5.55 per cent. Figures also show that 3rd, 4th, and 5th-place Iceland, Japan, and France had an 0.94, 0.91, and 0.83 percentage share, respectively.

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Norway tops world electric vehicle sales

Published on Tuesday, 25th March, 2014 at 13:50 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last Updated on 9th April 2014 at 20:43.

The Scandinavian country is only seconded in the global EV sales market by Holland. Vehicle numbers in other countries trail.

Tesla Model S
Norway's tax breaks for electric vehicle owners have put the country top of the world sales figures.Tesla Model S
Photo: Crixxor/Wikimedia Commons


Norway’s electrified vehicles accounted for 6.1 per cent of global sales in 2013, with the Netherlands’ being 5.55 per cent.

Figures also show that 3rd, 4th, and 5th-place Iceland, Japan, and France had an 0.94, 0.91, and 0.83 percentage share, respectively.

Norway-based motorists are currently benefitting from government policy regarding incentives for motorists.

These include exemption from VAT, registration fees, road tolls, and being permitted to drive in bus lanes. Parking and charging are currently free too.

Popular electric vehicles in Norway include the Think and Buddy, as well as Nissan’s Leaf and Tesla’s models.

In September 2013, the Tesla Model S was Norway’s highest-selling car, with a 5.1 share of the market. There are now over 20,000 electric cars rolling on Norwegian roads.

According to road traffic advisory organisation Opplysningsrådet for Veitrafikken, 12,168 cars were registered in September 2013. EVs accounted for 1,044 of those (8.6 per cent of the market). Nissan Leafs and Tesla’s Model S made up the majority of those sales.

In October and November, new vehicle registration figures were 12,893 and 925 (7.2 per cent), and 12,079 and 1,434 (11.9 per cent), respectively.

11,395 new cars were registered in December 2013, with 1,273 of these having an electric motor.

For the whole year, EV-registered cars in Norway accounted for 7,882, just over a doubling on 2012’s 3,950. 2013’s total new vehicle registration figures were 142,151.

EV sales figures (so-termed ‘zero emission vehicles’) have been fairly high so far this year too. They were 1,099 and 1,385 for January and February, respectively.

Bestsellers last month were the Nissan Leaf (484) and the Tesla S (431). Sales of the BMW i3 and VW e-Up! were 228 and 166, respectively.

Norway is expected to become the first country in April this year where one in every 100 cars is purely electric. This equivalent number in the US would be close to 0.07 per cent.

The Norwegian Parliament has currently decided tax breaks for electric vehicles will end when Norway’s EV total reached 50,000 or by the year 2017.




Published on Tuesday, 25th March, 2014 at 13:50 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last updated on 9th April 2014 at 20:43.

This post has the following tags: electricvehiclesnorway, norwayairpollution, climatenorway.





  
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