Norway powers ahead electrically. It became the first nation to tip-up the sale and registration of electric and hybrid cars more than 50% of new registrations in 2017.
This tremendous achievement is credited to generous subsidies and exemptions from road taxes and tolls, the benefit of which can be worth thousand dollars a year.
Norway has been able to accomplish this feat because of its plentiful hydropower. This shift to electrically powered cars will help to reduce pollution and climate change.
“No one else is close” in terms of a national share of electric cars, OFV chief Oeyvind Solberg Thorsen said. “For the first time, we have a fossil-fuel market share below 50 percent.”
Norwegian car sales in 2017 were topped by the Volkswagen Golf, BMWi3, Toyota Rav4 and Tesla Model X. The Tesla is pure electric and others have electric or hybrid versions.
This incentive-driven drive in Norway is a good example to promote electrically powered cars. “The situation would probably be different if these incentives were dropped’’ stated a spokesman at BMW Munich HQ.
Whatever may be the cause, these electrically powered and hybrid cars acre certainly getting cooler.