Electric vehicles accounted for nearly two-thirds of all new car sales in Norway last year, according to newly published data from the country’s Road Federation. In 2021, Norwegian dealers sold 176,276 cars, 65 percent of which were EVs. That’s an 11 percentage point increase from the year before, when they accounted for 54 percent of all new car sales.
The Tesla Model 3 was the most popular choice among new buyers, followed by Toyota’s hybrid RAV4, the only car with an internal combustion engine to make the top ten best-selling list in the country. Other notable cars on the list include the Volkswagen ID.4 in third place and the Polestar 2 in number 10.
The Norwegian EV Association told Reuters that electric vehicle sales could account for as much as 80 percent of the country’s total car market by 2022 – as long as chip shortages don’t cause further shipping delays. As in 2020, the country’s generous subsidies are driving the adoption of electric vehicles in Norway. Car buyers do not have to pay taxes levied on vehicles with a traditional combustion engine when they buy an electric car. In 2021, the country’s federal government lost about $3.41 billion in tax revenue to push ahead with its plan to end all gasoline car sales by 2025.
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