Almost half of new cars sold in Norway in the first half of this year were powered by fully electric engines, a massive increase over the same period last year, firmly placing the Nordic nation at the top of the global ranking for electric vehicle sales.
To be precise, 48.4% of all new cars sold from January to June were electric, exceeding the 31.2% which was the average for the full year of 2018.
The Norwegian Road Federation (NRF) confirmed that the Tesla’s Model 3 was the top-selling vehicle, according to the latest sales data.
The country aims to end the sale of diesel and petrol engines within the next decade, with battery powered cars exempt from the heavy taxes imposed on vehicles powered by fossil fuels. Electric car owners also benefit from discounts on road tolls.
These policies have resulted in a increased demand for fully electric vehicles, rather than hybrids which use electric motors but still have a combustion engine.
Brands producing fully electric vehicles such as Tesla, Nissan, Hyundai and BMW have all benefited from this boost, whereas the brands without fully electric offerings, such as Ford and Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz, seeing a drop in sales. Due to this, both Ford and Mercedes have promised to introduce fully electric options by 2020.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Norway made up 39% of all electric car sales in 2017, with Iceland in second place on 12% , and Sweden next on 6%.