Electrical vehicles seize nearly half of gross sales in oil-producing Norway, Auto Information, Automobilnews
OSLO – Nearly half of latest vehicles offered in Norway within the first six months of 2019 had been powered by absolutely electrical engines, up from simply over 1 / 4 in the identical interval final yr, making certain the Nordic nation retains its high international rating in electrical car gross sales.
Tesla’s Mannequin Three was Norway’s top-selling car, the Norwegian Highway Federation (NRF) stated when saying the newest gross sales information on Monday.
In whole, 48.4% of all new vehicles offered from January to June had been electrical, surpassing the 31.2% seen for the total yr 2018, and making oil-producing Norway the worldwide chief in per-capita electrical automobile gross sales by a large margin.
Looking for to finish the sale of diesel and petrol engines by the center of the following decade, Norway exempts battery-driven vehicles from the heavy taxes imposed on autos powered by fossil gas. It additionally affords advantages similar to reductions on highway tolls.
The coverage has boosted manufacturers similar to Tesla, Nissan, Hyundai and BMW, which all provide absolutely electrical autos, quite than hybrids that use electrical motors to drive the automobile but additionally have a combustion engine.
Manufacturers with out absolutely electrical choices, similar to Ford and Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz, have seen gross sales drop, though Ford and Mercedes are amongst a number of auto makers which have promised to supply electrical vehicles in Norway from 2020.
California-based Tesla offered 3,760 autos in Norway in June, for a 24.5% share of all vehicles in the course of the month, and was additionally the top-selling model for the primary six months.
Most of its gross sales had been of the mid-sized Mannequin 3, whereas the larger Mannequin S and Mannequin X have seen decrease year-on-year volumes.
The Worldwide Power Company (IEA), which incorporates the extra widely-sold plug-in hybrids when counting electrical vehicles, measured Norway’s share at 39% of gross sales in 2017, far forward of second-placed Iceland on 12% and Sweden on 6%.