With tightening laws, this is a sign of things to come elsewhere.
In an effort to reduce emissions across the globe, many countries will ban sales of new combustion-powered cars. In the UK, this will come into force in 2030, though automakers will still be allowed to sell some hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles until 2035. Norway, on the other hand, is banning sales of combustion cars as early as 2025. The country is already on track to achieve this target, too, because 54 percent of all new cars sold in Norway in 2020 were fully electric, up from 42.1 percent in 2019.
This impressive achievement makes Norway the first country in the world where EVs are outselling combustion cars. To make EVs more enticing to buyers, Norway offers tax exemptions on electric vehicles and imposes high taxes on gas-guzzling cars.
There's still a lot of work to do to increase charging infrastructures and make EVs more affordable, but this is an encouraging step forward in the transition to EVs.
Availability of electric cars also helped Norway achieve this milestone as some automakers are focusing on the Norwegian market where there's a high demand for EVs. Demand for Volkswagen Group EVs was particularly high, as the Audi e-tron was Norway's best-selling model in 2020 thanks to the introduction of the cheaper e-tron 50, which has a smaller battery pack to keep the price low. This variant isn't available in the US, however.
Of the 141,412 new cars sold in Norway last year, 76,789 were EVs. Out of these, Audi's electric SUV accounted for 9,227 units. The Tesla Model 3 was Norway's second best-selling model with 7,700 units, followed by the Volkswagen ID.3 (7,754 units) and Nissan Leaf (5,221 units). The popularity of EVs in Norway will only increase next year with the upcoming launches of the Tesla Model Y and Audi Q4 e-tron. As a result, Norway is well on track to becoming the first country in the world where EVs make up 100 percent of sales by 2025.