Electric cars.. Norway is considering reducing incentives to encourage transportation by public transport - Energy

As countries around the world seek to stimulate the spread of electric cars and reduce dependence on fossil fuel vehicles, Norway, one of the world’s largest owners of battery electric cars, is considering reducing these incentives to encourage people to take public transportation.

In 2021, electric vehicles accounted for nearly two-thirds of new car sales in the northern European country, compared to 54.3% in 2020.

It is set to completely stop selling fossil fuel cars in just 3 years from now by 2025.

During 2021, sales of electric cars in Norway amounted to 114,500 cars out of a total of 176,27 thousand vehicles sold in the country.

Stop using electric cars

The Scandinavian country faces a new problem; The Norwegian government is calling on its citizens to stop driving their electric cars so much, and riding buses and trains.

Despite the many advantages of electric cars; It has many negative aspects; Any car still generates carbon emissions, in addition to being an electric vehicle, a car that takes up space on the road, has manufacturing and maintenance costs, and requires energy to move it, which must come from some source.

Electric cars in Norway
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In Norway, most electricity is generated from clean energy sources; Hydropower accounts for 92% of the country’s electricity mix, with the remainder coming from wind and renewable thermal energy.

“Electric cars give us green transportation, but they clearly compete with urban public transportation,” Norwegian Transport Minister Jon Ivar Nygaard said in a statement to Norway’s Public Roads Administration.

“We must work to make travel by public transport, bicycle and walking more attractive,” he added, according to The Drive website.

fuel surcharges increase

To encourage Norway’s citizens to take public buses and trains, the government is considering removing – or reducing – some incentives to buy and drive electric vehicles.

The government had launched a stimulus package to encourage the purchase of electric cars that will continue until the end of this year at least, but with the decline in the use of public transportation during the Corona virus pandemic, (as happened all over the world), there is now an urgent need to reduce the use of electric cars, especially in urban areas.

Electric cars in Norway
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The American company, Tesla, leads the sales of electric cars in Norway; It holds a share of 11.5% of the total sales of the car market, with about 20,000 vehicles.

In terms of efficiency, and to reduce CO2 emissions, mass transit is always better than individual cars, no matter how green they are.

Norway’s problem is that it offered incentives to buy electric vehicles; People now prefer to drive their cars powered by clean, cheap electric power engines rather than take a bus or train.

Norway has a lot of toll roads; Driving on Norwegian streets requires vehicle registration and a bank card, mileage is calculated and far more fees are charged than electric cars.

The government of Norway may resort to increasing tolls for electric vehicles if it decides to encourage the use of public transport over individual vehicles.

Norway, an oil-producing country, does not aim to limit sales of electric cars, but plans to reduce the use of individual cars and increase public transportation to reduce carbon emissions as much as possible.

The Norwegian government exempts electric vehicle purchases from the 25% value-added tax.

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