80% of newly sold automobiles in Norway are now electric vehicles

80% of newly sold automobiles in Norway are now electric vehicles

Oslo, Norway — According to data released on Monday, nearly four out of every five new automobile registrations in Norway in 2017 were for electric vehicles, setting a new record. The Norwegian Road Federation (OFV) announced in a statement that 138,265 new electric cars were sold in Norway last year, representing 79.3% of total passenger car sales. The American automaker Tesla topped the list with a 12.2% market share.

Norway, a significant oil and gas producer as well as an early adopter of zero-emission vehicles, easily surpassed the previous record of 64.5% established in 2021.

During the first nine months of 2022, only 8.6% of new car registrations in the European Union were for electric vehicles.

In December alone, 82.8% of sales were comprised of electric vehicles, as Norwegian households rushed to purchase them before a tax reform took effect in 2023.

On May 5, 2022, an electric vehicle (EV) passes the Opera House in Oslo, Norway. Fredrik Solstad/Bloomberg/Getty

By 2025, Norway intends for all new cars to be “zero emission,” or electric or hydrogen-powered.

“Eight out of ten consumers opting for completely electric vehicles over internal combustion engines is a significant step toward Norway meeting its climate goal of 100 percent BEV sales by 2025,” stated Christina Bu, Secretary General of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association.

“Our message to the rest of the world is very clear: There is no longer any reason for the excessive pollution caused by internal combustion engines when the climate problem is so urgently requiring a solution,” she said in a statement.

Ford CEO Jim Farley discusses electric car initiatives and the introduction of the new Mustang at 5:13.

To encourage sales in Norway, EVs are exempt from taxes and are charged less for parking and tolls.

However, as a result of their increasing popularity and consequent loss of revenue for the state, Norwegian authorities have begun to reduce some of the benefits.

Beginning on January 1, the 25% sales tax exemption on the purchase of new electric vehicles is limited to the first 500,000 Norwegian kroner (about $50,500).

Approximately one in five automobiles on Norwegian roads are electric at present.


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