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Published on March 4th, 2018 | by Jesper Berggreen


Advertising Blunder: Get Your EV Battery Replaced For Free — And Some Real News On EV Sales & ICE Tax In Denmark

March 4th, 2018 by  

Who said Denmark is not ready for electric vehicles? On the contrary, the Organization of Danish Motorists FDM has the perfect solution for anyone with range anxiety in their EV:

fdm_translatedImage credit: fdm.dk (Google translate and hat tip to Mikkel Stæhr)

“Can your car handle the winter cold? With FDM road help you can check your car’s battery. If it does not meet our standards, you will get a new battery installed at no additional cost.”

Can’t blame them for making this small — but fun — blunder, since only 30 new EVs were sold in January this year in Denmark. However, that’s up from 6 EVs sold in January 2017. A full 5-fold increase — not bad!

OK, jokes and sarcasm aside, here is some real interesting news on a new tax on cars in general in Denmark: gas and diesel cars may soon be considerably more expensive.

You may have heard about the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) that has to be followed for new vehicle types soon. From September 2018 onwards, it will become mandatory for all new vehicles in the EU. It will result in as much as 20% poorer efficiency results than the current New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

The thing is, in Denmark, taxation on gas and diesel cars are calculated against efficiency in such a way that an average priced mid-size gas/diesel car would get 10–20% more expensive to buy and 20% more expensive in yearly emissions tax, according to FDM.

Question is, did the politicians enforcing tax cuts on gas and diesel cars last year think about this? And will they turn a deaf ear now and give EVs a new chance? Let’s wait and see when EV sales numbers for the Danish market are in next January.


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Jesper had his perspective on the world expanded vastly after having attended primary school in rural Africa in the early 1980s. And while educated a computer programmer and laboratory technician, working with computers and lab-robots at the institute of forensic medicine in Aarhus, Denmark, he never forgets what life is like having nothing. Thus it became obvious for him that technological advancement is necessary for the prosperity of all humankind, sharing this one vessel we call planet earth. However, technology has to be smart, clean, sustainable, widely accessible, and democratic in order to change the world for the better. Writing about clean energy, electric transportation, energy poverty, and related issues, he gets the message through to anyone who wants to know better. Jesper is founder of Lifelike.dk.

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