Cars are seen charging in free parking spaces for electric cars in central Oslo. (PIERRE-HENRY DESHAYES / AFP)
COPENHAGEN — In a symbolic first, electric cars outsold fossil fuel-powered ones in Norway last month.
Christina Bu, the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association’s general secretary, said Monday that 58.4 per cent of new cars sold in the country in March were battery-powered, calling it “historically high.”
Bu added that electric cars’ share of the market in the first three months of 2019 was 48.4 per cent and is expected to hover around 50 per cent for the whole year.
“Norway shows the whole world that the electric car can replace cars powered by gasoline and diesel and be an important contribution in the fight to reduce C02 emissions,” Bu said in a statement.
Norway, a wealthy European nation of 5.3 million, has provided big incentives to boost electric car sales. It waived hefty vehicle import duties and registration and sales taxes for buyers of electric cars to boost sales. Owners don’t pay road tolls and use bus lanes in congested city centres. MORE