Electric cars made up 1.9 per cent of the new passenger vehicle market in U.S. and 2.2 per cent Canada, as of October 2018.
The news comes as Tesla announced it will be reducing the price of Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles in the U.S. by $2,000 US to make up for the loss of federal tax credits for electric car sales.
The independent Norwegian Road Federation (NRF) said on Wednesday that electric cars rose to 31.2 percent of all sales last year, from 20.8 percent in 2017 and just 5.5 percent in 2013, while sales of petrol and diesel cars plunged.
Norways electric cars zip to new record: almost a third of all sales
Nissan’s upgraded Leaf electric car was the top-selling car in Norway last year, while other top-selling cars overall ranged from small BMWs and Volkswagens to full-size sedans and electric sport utility vehicles by Tesla.
Norway sets world record with electric cars sold last year
Reuters By contrast, such electric cars had a 2.2 percent share in China in 2017 and 1.2 percent in the United States, IEA data show.
Overall, new car sales in Norway fell 6.8 percent in 2018 to 147,929 vehicles, breaking a rising trend in recent years, NRF data showed.
The International Energy Agency, using a slightly different yardstick for electric vehicles that includes hybrids that can be plugged in, showed Norway’s share of such cars at 39 percent in 2017, far ahead of second-place Iceland on 12 percent and Sweden on 6 percent.
In Norway, almost a third of new cars sold are electric
Almost a third of new cars sold in Norway last year were pure electric. The country is encouraging electric-car ownership by lifting most taxes on plug-in vehicles and offering free parking and charging.
The independent Norwegian Road Federation said on Wednesday that electric cars rose to 31.2 per cent of all sales last year from 20.8 per cent in 2017 and just 5.5 per cent in 2013, while sales of petrol and diesel cars plunged.
31.2% of new cars sold in Norway last year were electric. Including plug-in hybrids, the total is 39%.
Almost a third of new cars sold in Norway last year were pure electric, a new world record as the country strives to end sales of fossil-fuel vehicles by 2025.
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