EV Utopia: Norway Pushes for ZERO Petrol and Diesel Cars by 2025 With New Tax System

Mar 17, 2017 04:52 PM EDT

Norway is again pushing for a greener society -- this time, they are planning to sell cars that have zero or low-emission starting 2025, phasing out petrol and diesel cars.

According to Autocar, Norway aims to do this by using a "polluter pays" tax system, where vehicles with low and zero emission could receive incentives under the new law. 

In a report from Elbil, Norway believes that boosting sales of low and zero emission vehicles is an effective plan to introduce and strenghten the green tax system. The country hopes that through the new law, citizens will be motivated to choose cleaner transport over fossil fuel-powered vehicles.

Norway also encourages consumers to buy electric vehicles or newer EV models in order to get more incentives. The country has showed its strong support on the usage of electric vehicles as these vehicles are free to use the country's bus lanes, toll roads and ferries free of charge. Meanwhile, rules on fossil fuels vehicles are stricter; they are charged depending on their pollutant outputs.

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Norway has indeed set a grand goal to meet its European Clean Power for Transport directive, even adding that by 2020, the public would have one charging point for every 10 cars. 

As a result of the new directive and tax system, reports say that EV sales in Norway is increasing. In 2015, EV sales represented 22 percent of the country's market, but it's expected to grow to 30 percent in the next three years.

If the growth pushes through, Norway will have approcimately 250,000 electric vehicles and 25,000 charging points available to the public. 

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