Electrified cars now account for more than 50 per cent of total cars in Norway, with generous subsidies cited as reason
Norway has been among the world leaders of embracing electric vehicle tech for a while now, but 2017 was the first year that more EVs and hybrids were sold than petrol or diesel vehicles in the Scandinavian country.
Electric cars in Norway are exempt from VAT and almost all purchase taxes, often dropping the price by several thousand pounds. There’s also generous perks including free or heavily subsidised parking, no fees for charging and reduced charges for tunnels, ferries and toll roads. The Norwegian government promotes EVs because the country generates the majority of its electricity from hydropower.
The most popular electric vehicle in Norway is the Nissan Leaf, with nearly 30,000 registered in the country to date. The Volkswagen e-Golf and BMW i3 are also in the top five best selling cars there, while Tesla was the most popular carmaker in December.