Copenhagen – For the first time in history, electric cars outnumbered those who received their fossil energy in Norway last month.
Christina Bu, general secretary of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association, said today that 58.4% of the new vehicles sold in the country in March were battery-operated, calling it a "historically high level."
Bu added that the share of electric cars on the market in the first quarter of 2019 was 48.4% and is expected to be around 50% over the year.
"Norway shows the world that the electric car can replace gasoline or diesel cars, and can make an important contribution to the fight against the reduction of CO2 emissions"Bu said in a statement.
Norway, a rich European country with 5.3 million inhabitants, has given great incentives to increase sales of electric cars, such as higher import taxes and added value for buyers of these vehicles. Landlords also do not pay tolls on the roads and can ride on bus lanes in congested urban centers.
However, the benefits will be phased out little by little in 2021.
The Norwegian Parliament voted to require all new cars sold in the Scandinavian country to be electric by 2025.
Countries around the world are trying to motivate people to buy electric cars as part of an effort to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. China, the world's leading automotive manufacturer, has also provided great incentives in trying to clean up the problem of environmental pollution and to take the lead in new technologies.