Just like Nigeria, Norway is an oil-producing nation.
That notwithstanding, electric vehicles are being promoted to encouraging the adoption of zero-emission vehicles.
Also, the government has set an ambitious goal to stop selling new gas and diesel passenger cars and vans by 2025.
A recent report shows that Electric vehicles now sell more than carbon-fuel based vehicles. This is was recorded for the first time in April in Norway. This accounts for 58.4% of all vehicle sales in the country.
According to reports, in March, 18,375 new cars were registered in the country and 10,732 of those were zero-emission vehicles, according to Norway’s Road Traffic Information Council, or OFV. That’s more double the number of zero-emission vehicles sold in March 2018.
Telsa’s Model 3 (TSLA) led the charge. The OFV says that 5,315 Model 3 sedans were registered in March, setting a record for sales of a single car model in a single month.
According to the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association, the Norwegian government has instituted several incentives to ensure that people buy electric vehicles. For instance, electric cars owners are excluded from paying pay the 25% Value Added Tax (VAT) and are exempt from Norway’s carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and weight taxes imposed on gas and diesel vehicles. They also get discounts on parking, toll roads and ferries.
The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association projects that electric vehicles will make up about 50% of the country’s car sales in 2019.
There were also 3,469 hybrid passenger cars sold last month — a 10% drop from March 2018.
The number of gas and diesel vehicle sales dropped to a record low.
Norway is a leader in the adoption of zero-emission vehicles.
The Nigerian National Assembly, some weeks ago, rejected a bill to encourage the use of Electric Vehicle in the country.