In 2020, Norway became the first country in the world where the sale of electric cars is higher than cars powered by petrol, diesel and hybrid engines.
According to data sourced by Reuters from the Norwegian Road Federation (OFV), of the 141,412 vehicles sold a year ago, 76,789 were battery electric vehicles, amounting to a market share of 54.3%. This marks the first time such cars have comprised more than 50% of new auto sales in a country across a full year.
Figures released by the Norwegian Road Federation (OFV) show the Audi e-Tron as the biggest selling auto in Norway with sales of 9227 vehicles, toppling the previous best-seller, the Tesla Model 3 which enjoyed sales of 7770. The Nordic country claims a similar advantage over the United Kingdom, where EVs comprise just 6.6% of new cars now.
The most popular model in the country was the Audi e-tron sports utility and sportsback vehicles, with the Tesla mid-size Model 3 taking second place.
According to the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association, EV users also enjoy other incentives such as reduced fees on state ferries and toll roads and the use of bus lanes.
At the current pace, there's no mistaking that Norway is on track to reach the 2025 target. The month of December was especially strong for BEV sales, hitting their highest level for any single month of 2020 with a 66.7% share of the auto market.
Norway is the global leader in pushing polluting vehicles off the roads, and it appears to be gaining momentum, with battery electric vehicles accounting for two thirds of all sales during the month of December. One of the reasons Xpeng chose Norway is the brisk sales of EVs in the country.
The advances have also come at a steep price tag for the country.
By contrast, cars with diesel-only engines have tumbled from a peak of 75.7% of the overall Norwegian market in 2011 to just 8.6% previous year. "If we manage that, the goal of selling only zero-emission cars in 2025 will be within reach", said Christina Bu, secretary general of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association.