Electric car sales hit 31.2% of all sales in Norway

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New electric vehicles (EVs) sales in Norway rose to a new record high, accounting for about a third of the total number of vehicles sold in 2018, according to official data.

The independent Norwegian Road Federation (NRF) said Wednesday that battery-driven vehicles’ sales surged to 31.2% of all sales recorded in 2018, from 20.8% in 2017 and 5.5% in 2013, while sales of fossil-fuelled cars plunged, Reuters reported.

EV sales soared 40% to 46,092 in 2018, whereas sales of diesel and petrol vehicles tumbled 28% and 17%, respectively.

Generally, new car sales in Norway dropped 6.8% to 147,929 vehicles in 2018, the NRF’s data indicated.

“It was a small step closer to the 2025 goal,” according to NRF head Oeyvind Solberg Thorsen, who added that Norway’s parliament was hoping to make all new cars emissions-free.

Norway’s share of EVs accounted for 39% in 2017, followed by Iceland with 12% and Sweden with 6%. Meanwhile, such electric cars had a 2.2% share in China in 2017 and 1.2% in the United States, data by the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicated.

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