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Tesla S tops new car registrations in Norway

An electric car model has topped the list of new car registrations in Norway for the first time, a car industry group said Thursday.

Tesla S tops new car registrations in Norway
Tesla S - Christopher Dorobek
In the month of September there were 616 registrations of the high-end US-made Tesla S, accounting for 5.1 percent of the total, according to Opplysningsraadet for Veitrafikken(OFV) which compiles data on Norwegian car sales. 
 
Overall, electric cars took 8.6 percent of the market in September, compared to 5.2 percent a year ago.
   
The figures illustrate strong interest in electric cars in a country ranked among the world's top ten petrol exporters. Norway has encouraged electric car sales with tax incentives, congestion charge exemptions, access to public transport lanes and free parking.
   
However the recent spike in new registrations may be a short-lived phenomenon, caused by the grouping together of deliveries made over several
months, said Oeyvind Solberg Thorsen at OFV.
 
 "But I have no doubt that electric cars will increase their share of the market again in the coming months, and particularly next year with the arrival
of several new models," he told AFP.
   
In September hybrid cars, which do not enjoy the same incentives as electric vehicles, took 7.3 percent of the market.
 

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Norway reaches 50 percent electric in 2020 new car sales

Norway became the first country in the world where electric cars accounted for more than 50 percent of new registrations in 2020, according to figures published Tuesday by an industry group.

Norway reaches 50 percent electric in 2020 new car sales
Photo: AFP

According to Opplysningsradet for Veitrafikken (OFV, “Information Council for Road Traffic”), electric vehicles accounted for 54.3 percent of the new car market last year, up from 42.4 percent a year earlier.

The four best-selling models in the Nordic country were the Audi e-tron, the Tesla Model 3, the Volkswagen ID.3 and the Nissan Leaf — all fully electric.

The fifth placed car — the Volkswagen Golf — can be bought in a rechargeable version but the statistics do not differentiate the engine types.

In December, electric car sales set a monthly record in Norway with 66.7 percent, with the numbers boosted by the arrival of new models, OFV said.

Industry group Norsk elbilforening (Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association) said separately to AFP that Norway was the first country to break the overall 50 percent threshold.

Norway, the largest producer of oil in Western Europe, is making headway in electric mobility thanks to heavy subsidies.

The Nordic country, where electricity is primarily produced from hydroelectric dams, aims to have all new cars being “zero emission” by 2025.

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