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Electrics Make Up Almost Half of All Car Sales in Norway, aka EV Paradise

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It is absolutely no surprise that Norway is a big, big proponent of electric cars. It is easily one of the largest electric car markets in Europe, leaving other car markets like Germany in its emissions-free dust. There was even a rumor that the country briefly considered banning gasoline-powered vehicles entirely, although this turned out to be untrue—Norway said it would prefer to use “the carrot instead of [the] stick” to aggressively promote electric vehicles.

Now, Norway’s love for electric cars has grown even more, as last month a whole 46.9% of all new car registrations were EVs, hybrids, or plug-in hybrids. With these numbers, Norway went from “one of” the largest EV markets to the largest, with more than 121,000 plug-ins sold since 2004. All-electric vehicles made up the largest percentage of these sales, accounting for 19% of all sales, followed by hybrids at 14.9% and plug-in hybrids at 13%.

On the other hand, sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles dropped dramatically. Diesel car sales, which used to make up 39.2%, now make up 26.4%, while gas cars went from 31% to 25.8%.

It seems that Norway’s attempts to decrease CO2 emissions from internal combustion engines is going very well—even better than before, when the country already had others following jealously behind. With such generous government incentives for currently-expensive electric cars, you have to wonder what will happen when the Opel Ampera-e (aka the Chevrolet Bolt) arrives.

News Source: Car Scoops