Norwegian government has presented an ambitious plan whereby, by 2025, all vehicles there will be electric.
Despite its role as a major exporter of crude oil, this Scandinavian country has always been a reference point in ecology and sustainability. With good reason the Norwegians are usually upheld as a successful example of the creation of a sustainable model. So much so that in less than 10 years, Norway aspires for all new vehicles registered in the country to be electric. The ambitious plan also intends all remaining diesel or petrol engines to be converted into plug-in hybrids or to be powered by biofuel. These are figures that most developed countries would find it very hard to contemplate.
Only in february, 3,490 electric cars were newly registered. Not only does this account for 28.6% of all new private cars, but it also represents an inter-annual growth rate of 63.5%. According to forecasts, by 2025 all newly registered cars will be electric, leading to a reduction of 2.7 million tons of CO2. Indeed, in Norway, driving a petrol or diesel-operated vehicle is heavily penalized, with sanctions according to emission levels and high taxes on fossil fuels.
The widespread acceptance of electric vehicles in Norway is also largely due to recent policies aimed at encouraging citizens to make the move toward this kind of vehicle. Financial aid to purchase and register electric vehicles, use of special lanes, and exemption from payment of car park charges and tolls are some examples of the measures introduced by the country’s various governments.
Catalonia is also making strong efforts in this field. For instance, Barcelona is among the top 10 Smart Cities in the world and a clear bid is being made by the city to boost electric mobility over the next few years. The Catalan authorities have also taken initiatives similar to those of the Norwegian government, and very probably the most urgent measure that it is demanding of Spain’s State government is a multi-annual programme of financial aid.
Catalonia is also working on a plan that contemplates a tax on cars responsible for higher pollution levels, involving a penalty over 80 euros a year as from 2018 (click here for further information), to try to reduce CO2 emissions. Let us remember that on the journey from Barcelona to Madrid, average emissions of 70 kg of CO2 and other pollutants are released.
We hope that, in the near future, the number of electric vehicles registered in our country will rise at the same pace as in Norway. At Live, we invite you to study the benefits and incentives that purchasing a zero-emission vehicle offers here, and we remind you that you can also read our article on how an electric vehicle can improve day-to-day life.
The following graph shows the trend in the market share held by electric vehicles, which currently accounts for 30% of the total.