Automotive. Norway exceeds 50% of electric cars sold, a world first

Norway became the first country in the world in 2020 where electric cars accounted for more than 50% of new annual registrations, according to figures from a specialized body published on Tuesday.

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

The four new best-selling models in the Nordic country (Audi e-tron, Tesla Model 3, Volkswagen ID.3 and Nissan Leaf) were all electric. The fifth, the Volkswagen Golf, has a plug-in version, but the statistics do not distinguish between engine types.

Monthly record in December

December’s electric car sales broke a new monthly record, at 66.7%, driven by the arrival of new models, OFV figures show.

Norway, the largest hydrocarbon producer in Western Europe, is also a pioneer in electric mobility thanks to an extremely favorable fiscal policy.

The practically tax-free electric car

Unlike diesel or gasoline cars, which are subject to very high taxes, clean cars are exempt from almost any tax, making them competitive to buy.
The Nordic country, where electricity is almost entirely of hydraulic origin, fuels the ambition that all its new cars are “zero emissions” from 2025.