With an extremely aggressive plan, the Nordic country aims to eliminate the sale of vehicles that use some fuel derived from petroleum for their circulation in the next ten years.
In this way, the Norwegian government seeks that by 2025 100% of the vehicle fleet is powered by some type of alternative energy. As of today, almost a quarter of the cars that roll in that country are electric.
However, this plan is not well accepted by a certain part of the population. And is that if this measure were implemented it would hit the Norwegian economy, since a large part of the income it obtains comes from the oil industry.
Norway leader in electric cars
Due to the large number of incentives offered to owners of electric cars, Norway has positioned itself as the leading country in sales of the Leaf, Nissan's electric vehicle.
And it is that that market represented 1.7 percent of the total sales of that brand during its first full year of marketing in that nation, announced Nissan Mexicana.
The automaker reported that the country embraced zero-emission mobility "like no other," after the Leaf was the 13th best-selling new car in Norway with nearly 2,298 units in 2012.
Even the electric vehicle is the second best-selling car overall in Trondheim, Norway's second-largest city, behind Oslo, the capital.
In total, more than 3,300 units have been marketed in Norway since this model went on sale in October 2011 and last year it was Nissan's second most popular car in the country, with sales of 599 units behind the Qashqai. .
The car company attributed the vehicle's success to the fact that Norway's five million people are among the most environmentally conscious in the world.
In addition to the fact that everyone has access to electricity created from renewable energy, hydroelectric plants that generate 99 percent of the country's electricity, more than in any other nation on the planet.
Sales of the Nissan LEAF were driven by government incentives for buyers and drivers of electric vehicles in Norway, in addition to the fact that in that nation there is no Value Added Tax (VAT) on the purchase price and they do not pay road tax.
Another incentive is that the highways, tunnels and ferries are, for the most part, free to electric vehicle (EV) drivers, in addition to the fact that they can use the exclusive bus lanes, which in a typical rush hour can take as 20 minutes, compared to more than an hour in a conventional car.
The electric vehicle driver also benefits from free parking, designated charging areas in shopping malls and free electricity.
Norway, like the Nordic countries: Sweden, Finland and Denmark, also has a growing network of fast chargers to enable LEAF drivers to cope with longer trips.
It is a clear commitment to electric vehicles, something that makes sense considering that Norway is the European country in which they enjoy the largest market share (17%), although it is paradoxical that, at the same time, the country is one of the largest oil producers in the world, to the point that this industry accounts for 40% of its GDP.
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