Norway leads the world when it comes to selling electric vehicles, but the speed at which the combustion engines are being phased out remains astonishing. The country wants to completely get rid of petrol and diesel cars by 2025, but that moment will probably take place much earlier.
According to an analysis published by the magazine Engine of the Norwegian Automobile Federation, the downward trend in petrol car sales is so strong that the last new diesel and petrol cars in Norway may be rolling out to showrooms as early as seven months, in April 2022.
The Norwegian Road Traffic Council reports monthly sales figures for all cars sold in the country. In the most recent figures, cars without any kind of electrification made up less than 10 percent of new car sales, up from about 21 percent the year before.
If the trend of recent years continues, the trendline will reach zero in April 2022. This is well ahead of the 2025 target, which while not a legal requirement, is more of a soft target agreed upon by the Norwegian government. Hybrids are also included in electric cars in these statistics.
As Engine acknowledges in the article, the very last combustion engine car is unlikely to actually be sold in April 2022. Not every car segment has a good selection of vehicles yet and there are always some exceptions, but at most it will be a handful of copies of niche vehicles.
One hybrid in top 15, rest electric
As of the beginning of this year, 14 of the top 15 cars in Norway are fully electric and only one hybrid is in the top 15. Much of Norway’s lead can be attributed to strong tax incentives for electric vehicles. Now that it’s becoming clear that petrol-powered cars are disappearing, no one wants to be saddled with a vehicle they won’t be able to fill up with in ten years’ time. After all, some Norwegian petrol stations are already replacing petrol pumps with charging points for electric cars. EVs are likely to follow a similar curve wherever they are introduced, the Norwegians think.
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