Tesla has become Nowary’s best-selling brand in electric vehicle. Nearly half of new cars sold in the first six months of the year in Norway were run by electric engines, several media reports stated. The number of electric cars has increased over a quarter from the same period last year.
During the period January to June, 48.4 percent of new cars sold were electric, compared to 31.2 percent of electric cars sold in the full year 2018. By a significant margin Norway has become the global leader in per-capita electric car sales.
The Norwegian Road Federation while announcing the cars’ sales data said that Tesla’s TSLA.O Model 3 was the best-selling vehicle brand in Norway.
Electrek reported that 2,999 units were sold in June. Tesla’s total electric car sales reached to more than 48 percent of passenger vehicle sales in the country.
Norway is hoping to end the sale of diesel and petrol engines by the end of 2030. That said, it also exempts electric cars from heavy taxes levied on combustion engine vehicles, the media reports said. Last year, the total electric vehicle sales increased by 40 percent in the country, meaning than 1 out of 3 vehicles sold in the Norwegian market was a zero-emission vehicle.
In June, California-based Tesla sold 3,760 vehicles in Norway. The number represents 24.5 percent market share for the month and 16.1 percent market share for the whole year until now.
The International Energy Agency reported that Norway’s electric car sales had reached 39 percent in 2017, well ahead of Iceland at 12 percent followed by Sweden at 6 percent.