The Norwegian paradox. The largest producer of hydrocarbons in Western Europe has a record number of electric cars

More than 70 percent of cars registered in Norway in the last month are electric Photo: Guliver / GettyImages

Norway has been the champion of the adoption of electric cars for several years, and last month, the registrations of electric cars reached a new record. The Road Traffic Authority shows that of the 16,427 cars registered last month in the Nordic country, 11,800 – or 71.9 percent – were electric.

It is somehow a paradox, given that Norway is the largest producer of hydrocarbons in Western Europe.

In the first places in the top of cars sold in Norway are Ford Mustang Mac-E, Volkswagen ID.4 and Tesla Model 3. The only non-electric model in the top 10 is a hybrid vehicle, Toyota RAV4.

According to the Authority’s representatives, if the trend observed in recent months continues, three out of four new cars will soon be electric cars. They also point out that Norway is on track to achieve the goal of making all new cars “zero-emission”, ie electric or hydrogen, from 2025.

The use of electric cars is all the more important in Norway given that this country produces almost all of its electricity in hydropower plants that do not generate greenhouse gas emissions.

In Norway, those who use electric cars enjoy many advantages, although recently the authorities have begun to review some facilities, such as the exemption from paying the city entrance fee or the possibility to run on the lanes reserved for public transport. , according to Agerpres. Unlike diesel cars, which are heavily taxed, clean cars are exempt from paying many taxes, which makes them even more attractive to buy.

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