The arrival of the Tesla Model 3 in Europe has greatly helped Norway to reach these numbers.
For the first time in Norway’s history, the number of new electric vehicles represents more than half of the vehicles sold in March. In fact, sales of electric vehicles accounted for 58.4% of the market share last month.
According to the Norwegian Road Federation (OVF), 10,728 of the 18,375 new vehicles registered in March were electric vehicles.
“Norway has every reason to be proud of breaking more BEV records. The BEV policy is working so well that the larger part of consumers opts for a BEV when buying a new car,” says Christina Bu, Secretary General of the Norwegian EV Association.
“Norway shows the whole world that fully electric cars can replace petrol and diesel cars and become an important contribution to combat CO2 emissions, as well as relieving local air from other harmful gases caused by burning fossil fuels,” Bu adds.
The OVF reports that the arrival of the Tesla Model 3 in Norway has largely helped to break this record. With 5,315 registrations last month, the Model 3 breaks the record set by Nissan and its LEAF last year.
That being said, this places the country with a 48.4% market share for electric cars in the first quarter of 2019.
Remember that Norway aims to eliminate all emissions produced by new cars by 2025 by offering subsidies to buyers of electric vehicles. In fact, by 2025, only zero-emission cars should be sold in Norway according to their parliament.
“The fresh BEV records are also good news for the used car market, as ever more cars become available at reasonable price levels. We are now aiming for 1.2 million BEVs on Norwegian roads by 2025, which is a little more than five times today’s number”, says Bu.