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Over half of Norway's car sales were electric in 2020

Green policy has turned the car market in Norway into a lab for the world's EV makers.

Photo: HANSEN MICHAEL/UDL

Electric vehicle sales in Norway overtook cars with internal combustion or hybrid engines during 2020. New data published on Tuesday also reveal that Germany's Volkswagen factories have taken Tesla's first place as producer of battery-powered vehicles for Norway.

So-called battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) made up 54.3 percent of all new cars sold in Norway during 2020. That's a global record, and an increase from 42.4 percent in 2019. A decade ago, electric cars had only 1 percent of the market, show data from Norway's Road Traffic Information Council (OFV).

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