For the first time, a country exceeds 50% of electric cars sold in a year

JANUARY 05, 2021
Electric cars and plug-in hybrids recharge their batteries at a station in Oslo.

In 2020, Norway became the first country in the world in which electric cars represented more than 50% of the annual patenting, according to figures published on Tuesday by a specialized agency.

According to the Road Traffic Information Council (OFV), electric vehicles had a market share of 54.3% last year compared to 42.4% the previous year.

In just 10 years, the situation in Norway has changed completely, from just under 1% in 2011 to more than half.

The four new best-selling models in the country, which were the Audi e-tron, the Tesla Model 3, the Volkswagen ID.3 and the Nissan Leaf, are all powered exclusively by electricity.

The fifth best-selling model, Volkswagen's Golf, has a plug-in hybrid version, that is, it has a gasoline engine and an electric one with rechargeable batteries, but statistics do not distinguish between the different types of engines.

The way in which combustion cars have been relegated in the Nordic country is overwhelming. Today, gasoline vehicles account for only 8 percent, while diesel vehicles account for 9 percent. Just four years ago, in 2016, combined sales of models with combustion engines represented 60% of the total market.

Norway also shows that with profound changes in infrastructure and promotion, the adoption of 100% electric models can be made non-stop, as plug-in hybrids represent 20% and common hybrids only 9%.

December electric car sales set a new monthly record, at 66.7%, driven by the arrival of new models, according to OFV figures.

Norway, the largest producer of hydrocarbons in Western Europe, is also a pioneer in electric mobility thanks to an advantageous fiscal policy.

The final goal is to become the first country to end the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2025. And it will try to do so by restricting the circulation of combustion models and punishing them with taxes, while continuing to exempt electric cars from paying the traditional taxes on combustion models.

The key will also pass because electrification of cars will account for only 3.6% of the country's electricity in 2030, according to estimates by the Norwegian Institute of Transport. By then, 75% of new models sold will be electric and the rest will be plug-in hybrids.

Source: Clarin

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