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Norway experiences electric car boom in sustainable transport revolution

Electric vehicles (EVs) are outselling conventional cars in Norway, with dealers predicting that within a year there will be more EVs in the capital, Oslo, than in Los Angeles and San Francisco combined.

In the last three months of 2013, two electric cars – the Tesla Model S and the Nissan Leaf – outsold all conventional models. Sales of EVs are currently around 1,200 a month, or over 10% of all car sales.

Over 21,000 EVs are now registered in the country of 5 million people, compared to just 5,000 in the UK, with a population of 63 million.

The Norwegian government has attempted to encourage an EV boom through a number of incentives – offering tax breaks and free parking and allowing drivers access to bus lanes.

“A boatload of Nissan Leafs arrives in Norway each week and is sold almost immediately”, Snorre Sletvold, president of the Norwegian electric vehicle association told the Ecologist.


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