Half of all new cars in Norway are electric or hybrid

in technology •  last year

(Source: World Economic Forum)

Norway already has the highest per capita number of all-electric cars in the world: more than 100,000 in a population of 5.2 million.

Now, the country has notched up another milestone: electric or hybrid cars make up half of new vehicle registrations.

Figures from Norway’s Road Traffic Information Council (OFV) showed electric cars represented 17.6% of new vehicle registrations in January and hybrid cars 33.8%, totalling 51.4%, the news agency AFP reported.

“This is a milestone on Norway's road to an electric car fleet,” Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen told AFP.

“The transport sector is the biggest challenge for climate policy in the decade ahead. We need to reduce (CO2) emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and ... this requires the electrification of the car fleet.”

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