Government targets sale of only zero or low emission models with 'polluter pays' principle
Sam Sheehan
27 February 2017

Norway wants to phase out sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2025 using a ‘polluter pays’ tax system, designed to incentivise the purchase of low and zero emission vehicles.

In a report published onto the country’s sustainable transport site Elbil, the Norwegian government said targets to grow sales of low and zero emission vehicles to represent 100% of the new car market were feasible "with the right policy measures".

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It said the introduction of a strengthened green tax system would encourage people to opt for clean transport over fossil fuel-powered vehicles, but that its policies would never amount to a ban on petrol and diesel.

Leased EV models are already tax exempt in Norway and electric cars are allowed to use the country's bus lanes, as well as toll roads and ferries free of charge. Conversely, fossil fuel cars will be subject to charges to use these depending on their CO2 and NOX outputs.

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Norway has set ambitious targets to meet the European Clean Power for Transport directive, which recommends that there should be one public available charging point for every 10 electric cars by 2020.

Electric car sales represented 22% of Norway’s market in 2015, and it expects that number to grow to 30% within the next three years. That would bring the number of electric cars running in Norway to 250,000, meaning the country will have to have 25,000 public charging points.

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27 February 2017
As Norway generates over 95% of their electricity from green sources (although they sell a lot of it overseas and buy back fossil fuelled electricity funny enough, something to do with green trade off).

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

27 February 2017
We need this in the UK! Why isn't our government doing the same?

27 February 2017
We are nearly at our limits on supply ,we would nee dsignificant nuclear capacity to do this or convert all the Scottish islands to a wind farm with Nicola's ok.

27 February 2017
It's a logical but untrue assumption, mainly as you can charge the cars in the middle of the night when there is excess capacity. If everyone had an EV it would only up the demand by around 8% I believe, but by that time you'd have battery to grid available, so a huge amount of extra peak capacity by using the cars as a power station for peak times.

28 February 2017
No, its currently possible to get ALL our electricity from renewable sources, there just isnt the political will to do it.

27 February 2017
But in terms of car sales volumes Norway is small fish. The real change will come when big car markets like Germany Britain France and Italy start incentivising the EVs in a meaningful way.

27 February 2017
It is amazing what North Sea Oil could fund! UK wasted our oil income on poorly or politically inspired economic policies. Thank you Gordon, Maggie, James, Tony, Ted and all the Civil Servants who assisted you...

27 February 2017
Of course the production of new electric cars is hugely polluting. But Norway doesn't make any cars, so they do not care about this. They are simply externalising this pollution to somewhere else.

27 February 2017
[quote=scrap]Of course the production of new electric cars is hugely polluting. But Norway doesn't make any cars, so they do not care about this. They are simply externalising this pollution to somewhere else.[/quote].. and they have plenty of that so maybe they do care!

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

27 February 2017
Given that Norway's wealth is partly based upon oil. Although their fishing industry is huge too.

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