Originally published on Sustainnovate.
Electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle registrations in the country of Norway during March 2016 made up around 60% of total automotive registrations in the country during the month, according to the most recent figures from Dinside Motor.
Of this total figure — 2,595 of the registrations were for all-electrics (EVs); 2,042 of the registrations were for plug-in hybrids (PHEVs); and 3,396 of the registrations were for conventional hybrids. EVs and PHEVs together totaled 5,102 registrations for the month (36.7% of total registrations). This was accompanied by 465 used EV registrations.
The total vehicle registrations for the month in Norway were 13,875 — meaning that EVs, PHEVs, and hybrids, took a 61.2% share of the total market when taken together. The website Green Car Reports provides more on registrations in Norway during March:
The Nissan Leaf was also the third-bestselling car in Norway last month, with 676 registrations. Of course, there have been months when electric cars — the Leaf as well as the Tesla Model S — were the top selling cars in Norway.
This level of consumer enthusiasm is enabled by a generous array of incentives. There is no road tax (or registration fee) for electric cars, no sales tax, no value-added tax, and the corporate-car tax is lower. There is free public parking, exemption from tolls, as well, etc. They can also travel in restricted bus lanes, although this is expected to be rolled back due to traffic issues.
The Norwegian government is currently working towards a goal of (nearly) 100% emissions-free vehicles on the country’s roads by the year 2025 — as part of its plans to slash carbon emissions by 40% (from 1990 levels) over the next decade and a half.