In 2018, this type of vehicle accounted for 31.2% of the market, an improvement of more than 10 percentage points over the previous year.
Almost one third of new cars sold in Norway last year have been batteryed, which strengthens the reputation of the Nordic country as the best market for electric vehicles in the world.
Norway, a petroleum-rich nation, aims to eliminate all new gas emissions by 2025 and offers generous subsidies for customers who opt for electricity. Other countries like China plan to follow their example in the future. In 2018, electric cars represented 31.2% of the Norwegian market, an improvement of more than 10 percentage points over the previous year, the country's road association announced on Monday.
Three of the five most popular models were electric, and Nissan Leaf was ranked first, ahead of the BMW i3 and Tesla Model X.
"In 2018, alternative fuel cars have consolidated their strong position on the market," said Oyvind Solberg Thorsen's director in a statement.
Norway, a country of 5.3 million people, has long been a world leader in sales of electric vehicles. Only the first quarter of last year was overtaken by Germany, the largest European automotive market. Among the incentives that boosted the Norwegian market are exemption from sales tax and tolls.
Solberg Torsen said he projects an even higher percentage of batteries in the future, as there is still unexplained demand for family electric cars, with wider reach at reasonable prices.
"Since more models come to market this year, we need to see an even larger share of vehicles with zero emissions in sales," explains Solberg Torsen.