Norway Talks Down Any Petrol Vehicle Ban, Looks To Incentives For EV Growth
The news of Norway’s initial ban of gasoline and diesel cars by 2025 was a false alarm as it turned out to be more a plan to make ICE vehicle ownership hard through high taxes, and plug-in ownership easy via incentives.
Now, the leading country for EV adoption again re-iterates the phasing-out of fossil-fueled cars, but there will be no outright bans, and it seems no increased dis-incentive for ICE ownership – rather continued strong incentives to own plug-in vehicles.
A Norwegian transport ministry spokesman said:
“This government wants to encourage more environmentally friendly vehicles by using the carrot instead of (the) stick“
EV ownership is currently high in Norway, and ICE cars should continue to lose market share from here on out, as Norway aims for an average CO2 emissions for new cars at 85 g/km in 2020.
So far this year plug-in electric car sales in Norway averages around 25 to 30% of the market (once even hitting 33.5%), so using Elon Musk terminology, “Norway rocks” regardless of future policy plans. Truly, it is hard to find any fault with a country that so far ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to EV adoption.
source: Automotive News