For the first time in history, more new electric cars are sold than new fossil cars in Norway. Norway now makes three electric car records in the new car sales:
- The electric car share in March alone was 58.4 per cent. This is historically high and the first time you pass 50 percent.
- The total electricity share for the first quarter of 2019 is 48.4 per cent. This is also the highest quarterly result ever.
- The company Tesla has only released 5315 Model 3 in March, thus hitting the record for Nissan Leaf from last year on most delivered electric cars by a single model for a month.
Norway has reason to be proud of the electric car records. The electric car policy now works so well that the majority prefer electric cars when they are buying a new car. We are approaching a mass market for electric cars. Norway is the world that electric cars can replace gasoline – and diesel cars and make an important contribution in the fight to cut greenhouse gas emissions one, says Secretary General of the Norwegian elbilforening Christina Bu.
The Norwegian electric car association estimates that the electric car share in new car sales will remain at about 50 per cent for 2019 as a whole. The Storting has decided that by 2025 there will only be zero emission cars in the new car sales.
The electric car records are also good news for the used car market, because many electric cars are also becoming available here. We are now aiming for 1.2 million electricity cars on Norwegian roads in 2025 can be electric cars, says Christina Bu.
Statistics for new car sales are provided by the Road Traffic Information Office (OFV).