Battery electric vehicles accounted for more than half of all cars sold in Norway last year, putting the country way out in front in efforts to kill off the internal combustion engine. In addition, Tesla lost its sales crown to the Volkswagen Group.
Norway is using huge tax incentives to help ensure every new passenger car and van sold in the country by the end of 2025 is a zero-emission vehicle. Record electric vehicle sales in 2020 means Norway is now ahead of schedule.
The market share of electric cars in the country increased to 54% in 2020 from 42% the previous year. When you include hybrid vehicles, the share of electrified vehicles hits 83%. Petrol and diesel cars, which had a combined market share of 71% in 2015, now have just 17%.
Other countries are playing catch up. The United Kingdom said in November that it would ban the sale of new cars that run only on fossil fuels in 2030, five years earlier than previously planned.