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Norway - Electric haven
Norway still stands out as Europe’s sole electric car oasis - LEAF rules
Published: Thu, 04 July 2013 16:20:58 GMT
 

Norway Electric cars, Nissan LEAF Oslo

Whichever way last year’s and this year’s European electric car market is scrutinised, there still appears to be only one single European country where today’s electric cars have sparked at least faint interest from the car buying public. 

That country is energy-rich Norway, where the general tax level is among the highest in the world.

Norway’s unique electric car strategy offsets most if not all of the many drawbacks still associated with today’s first electric car generation. 

That’s first and foremost a zero-tax policy for electric cars in a country infamous for some of the highest car prices. 

But that’s not all. 

Thanks to their zero-tax status electric cars in Norway are priced no higher than conventionally fuelled cars.

As if that weren’t enough, that’s accompanied by a host of mouthwatering sweetheart deals on almost every front. 

All that could hardly fail but wipe out at a stroke most of the untold disadvantages that explain why in the vast majority of countries today’s electric cars have evidently failed to take off on the scale many in the industry had earlier predicted
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WEST EUROPEAN new ELECTRIC CAR SALES:
West European new electric car sales: by country MAY 2013 VS MAY 2012
West European new electric car sales:
by country 5-Mths '13 VS 5-Mths '12

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