Sales numbers for electric vehicles in Norway for September reached new levels of electric domination. Record sales of electric vehicles in Norway shows that the country is a world market leader.
The adoption of plug-in electric vehicles is affected by consumer demand, market prices and government incentives. The popularity of electric vehicles has been expanding rapidly due to government subsidies, not least in Norway.
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Record Sales of Electric Vehicles in Norway
In its yearly report about electric vehicles, the International Energy Agency said that the number of electric cars and plug-in hybrids rose 54% in 2017, topping 3 million globally, half of which sold in China
In Norway, 10,620 new passenger cars were registered last month. About 45% of them were all-electric vehicles and the number goes up to 60% when including plug-in hybrids, according to official registration data.
Norway had the highest market penetration per capita in the world in 2016, and 5% of all vehicles on Norwegian roads were plug-ins. Norway also had the world’s largest plug-in segment market share of new car sales, 39.2% in 2017.
Record low CO2 emissions
Average CO2 emissions of new cars registered are now at a record low of 55g per km, which is an impressive 16g per km lower than in September 2017.
“Such a large increase in electric cars caused a record low CO2 emissions of 55g/km. Although we in Norway are accustomed to average CO2 emissions falling from month to month, this is the lowest level we have ever measured,” says Øyvind Solberg Thorsen, director of the Road Traffic Advisory Board.
Don’t forget cobalt supplies and refining capacity
However, Daily Scandinavian want to mention that the latest IEA report also pointed to risks around cobalt supplies, which are concentrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and refining capacity, which is concentrated in China.
Record Sales of Electric Vehicles in Norway, written by Tor Kjolberg
Feature image (on top): Electric car rally in Geiranger, Norway. Photo: Norsk elbilforening via Flickr