According to some recent figures, nearly two thirds of all auto registrations in Norway last month were environmentally friendly cars.
Among the European countries, Norway sits on top when it comes to “green” cars, as the electric trend has been rapidly embraced by the drivers, and by the government as well which spends huge amount of money to promote the trend. Owners of such vehicles benefit from huge incentives, zero taxes, free public parking and charging, and they also do not have to pay for ferry trips, tolls on roads, bridges or tunnels. And Norway’s “experiment” begins to pay dividends. According to some statistics provided by the Norwegian publication Dinside Motor, citied by Green Car Reports, electric cars, hybrids and plug-in hybrids accounted for over 60 percent of car registration in the country in March.
There were nearly 2,600 battery-electric cars, 2,000 plug-in hybrids, and almost 3,400 hybrid sold last month, compared against 14,000 total registrations. Among the green cars, Nissan Leaf was the best-seller with 676 units, being surpassed in sales only by the gas-powered Volkswagen Golf and Mitsubishi Outlander. Tesla Model S is also well received by the Norwegian customers, as 487 buyers choose it in March, the fifth best-selling model. What else do the Scandinavians like to drive through their green lands? When it comes to plug-in hybrids, most of them prefer a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV or a Volkswagen Golf GTE. Norway plans to reduce its carbon emissions as much as possible and aims for up to 100% of the new cars sold in the country to be emission-free until 2025.