In Norway, electric car sales are continuing to break records, with 2014 sales increasing by 130%. There are now 46,000 electric cars and plug-in hybrids on the roads in Norway, making it the country with the highest density of electric cars in Europe. The popularity of electric cars can be attributed to the generous financial subsidies for consumers, who can avoid paying the value-added tax (VAT) and carbon tax that are added to the price of ordinary cars. Owners also avoid paying motorway tolls and can park and charge their cars for free at many stations. The most popular manufacturers are Nissan, Volkswagen, and Tesla. The Netherlands has the second highest amount of electric cars in use in Europe with the same amount of cars on the road as Norway, but with a population that is three times the size.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe