A clear plan to become a pioneer in electric cars.
There is a revolution taking place on the streets of Norway. It is not loud and aggressive, but super-silent and downright friendly. While rowdy combustion engines continue to pollute the air in other European cities, Oslo has become clean and quiet thanks to the boom in electric vehicles. Norway, with its population of 5 million, smashed an important milestone just last year. Whereas 42 percent of all new car registrations were all-electric in 2019, this figure rose to 54 percent in 2020. If we were to include plug-in hybrids, it would surge to 75 percent. Why? Are the Norwegians particularly in touch with nature and open to advances in technology? Maybe. But another reason is more probable.
Norway’s government is pursuing a clear aim: all newly registered cars should be emission-free by 2025. The main way the Government plans to achieve this is by offering incentives. It goes without saying that their citizens are wondering why they should convert to new technology. The government’s response: because it will pay off. In many ways! You will not have to pay the 25 percent VAT. You will not have to pay the expensive import charges on your car. And you will not have to pay the registration fee, which can be around €10,000 for larger vehicles in Norway. Vehicle tax is also very low-cost for you. And if you are buying a company car, then your tax will be cut by up to 60 percent. Yes, this sounds good. And many car drivers will probably be delighted. “Strap yourselves in because that’s not all,” says the Government. There are even more benefits for you: You can park for free in most towns and cities, you don’t have to pay congestion charges and you can save on bridge and tunnel tolls. You can also use ferries free of charge and drive in the bus lane in cities. This is why electric cars in Norway actually end up being slightly cheaper than petrol and diesel vehicles. So it’s no wonder the Land of Fjords is now also the Land of Electric Cars.
In Oslo, the air is clear and clean - thanks to the elecric car boom.