Part of Norway’s government wants to say goodbye to initiatives for electric cars

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Norway is currently a very strong pro-electric cars country. The government has set a plan to electrify the car market 2025 by banning sales of new petrol and diesel cars. Thanks to the initiatives, such as tax reduction, and special lines for electric cars, the share of the electric car sales has risen up to 60 % in September. The country has also highest per capita number of electric cars in the world.

However, this seems to also have a downside, as some officials in government propose. As the Financial Times report, centre-right minority government in Oslo wants to pass a one-off tax on all electric cars that are heavier than 2 tonnes. This should mainly affect Tesla’s models, especially Model S and Model X. 

As Electrek reports, the expected impact on prices of each Tesla’s models would be:

Model S:

  1. a) Model S P100D – 2250 kg = 38 250 NKr
  2. b) Model S 100D – 2200 kg = 31 600 NKr
  3. c) Model S 75 D – 2090 kg = 11 500 NKr

Model X:

  1. a) Model X P100D – 2509 kg = 86 900 NKr
  2. b) Model X 100D – 2490 kg = 77 500 NKr
  3. c) Model X 75D – 2300 kg = 57400 NKr

The reason for this decision is that even though electric cars don’t generate any emissions, they are responsible for traffic congestions, damaging roads with their weight and zdržujú public transportation because they are permitted use the bus lines.

As Reuters report, the proposal said that “Electric cars will still be accorded significant advantages in comparison with cars running on fossil fuels.”

According to Petter Haugneland of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association who reported to Reuters, “Norway is gambling with electric car market”.

This proposal comes from the minority government. In order to succeed, it needs to be supported by other parties. However, some of the centre-right minority government allies already criticised this proposal. It is unlikely, that it will pass.

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