Electrical-car gross sales jumped to a document 54% of all new-vehicle gross sales in Norway final yr, however Tesla’s Mannequin Three misplaced its place because the nation’s bestselling automobile regardless of a late surge.
It’s the first time a rustic has recorded extra gross sales of electrical vehicles than these powered by petrol, diesel and hybrid engines over a whole yr.
The Norwegian authorities plans to ban the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2025, and has used incentives and tax breaks lately to encourage an electric-car growth.
Battery-electric autos (BEVs) made up 54.3% of recent passenger-car gross sales in 2020, up from 42% in 2019, in response to figures revealed by the Norwegian Highway Federation (OFV) on Tuesday.
December was a bumper month for automobile gross sales within the Nordic nation — the very best on document — as greater than 20,000 new autos have been registered. Of those, 66.7% have been electrical autos and 4,232 have been Tesla Mannequin 3s — greater than 20% of all automobile gross sales within the month.
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widespread midsize mannequin — the bestselling automobile in Norway in 2019 — fell to second place in 2020, dropping out to Volkswagen’s
Audi e-tron with Volkswagen’s ID.Three in third.
Following a document yr for Tesla in Norway in 2019, the U.S. firm confronted stiffer competitors in 2020 as its rivals launched quite a lot of electrical vehicles, whereas the COVID-19 pandemic additionally affected gross sales.
December noticed one thing of a comeback, with Tesla promoting 4,232 vehicles — 54% of its annual 7,770 whole. The corporate can be set to launch its Mannequin Y electrical SUV in Norway later this yr, Reuters reported.
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