Norway continues to be a prominent region when it comes to electric vehicles. Not only is it home to the largest fleet of plug-in EVs per capita, but electric passenger cars continue to sell in large amounts. September of 2020 was no exception in this regard.
Electric Vehicles Dominate in Norway
For some time now, there has been an increase in electric vehicles sales across Norway.
This trend has become more outspoken since 2014, and continues to gain momentum.
In September of 2020, 61% of all passenger car sales were electric types.
Petrol, diesel, and hybrid passenger car sales have been on the decline for a while, and show no signs of rebounding yet.
Several factors continue to the success of electric vehicles in the country.
Norway has the largest European stock of light-duty plug-in vehicles.
Globally, it ranks third in the world, following China and the US.
Given the country’s appreciation of renewable energy, the use of electric vehicles is far more outspoken.
The Norwegian government doesn’t levy purchase taxes nor VAT on the purchase of electric vehicles.
In terms of charging infrastructure, there are nearly 14.000 public charging points across the country. Most of these can be found in Viken, Vestland. Innlandet, and Oslo.
It is interesting to note the latter region has no Tesla charging points as of right now.
As of 2019, the Tesla Model 3 remains the most popular plugin-in electric car in the country.
Statistics for 2020, on the other hand, show the Audi e-tron is far more prominent. Volkswagen’s e-Gold and the Nissan LEAF are also commonly found in Norway.
Sustaining this rate of growth will prove challenging.
Due to COVID-19, global car sales have seen a pretty big decline, although things are slowly improving again.
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