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UPDATE 2-Tesla in pole position in Norway’s race to EV goal

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Norway aims to end sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2025

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Around 79% of cars sold in Norway in 2022 will be fully electric

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Popular model of Tesla Y

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Government to start taxing EVs this year, raising questions

(Updates with citations, data and graphics)

Victoria Kresty

OSLO (Reuters) – Four out of five new cars sold in Norway in 2022 will be battery-powered, led by Tesla, but some in the industry say the new tax will end gasoline sales first. it could interfere with the country’s goal of And diesel cars by 2025.

Elon Musk’s electric-only Tesla Inc. sold more cars in Norway than any other brand for the second year in a row, holding a 12.2% share of the overall market and a 11.6% share, according to registration data. Exceeded Volkswagen.

China is by far the largest car market overall, but Norway, with a population of 5.5 million, has the highest percentage of electric vehicles in the world thanks to generous subsidies, and automakers are launching models. It has become a testing ground for

According to the Norwegian Road Federation (OFV), the share of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sold will rise from 65% in 2021 to 79.3% in 2022, up from 2.9% a decade ago.

The Tesla Model Y was the year’s most popular model, ahead of the Volkswagen Electric ID.4 in second place and the Skoda Enyak in third place.

Oil-producing Norway, which is trying to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars, has so far exempted battery-electric vehicles from taxes levied on rivals that use internal combustion engines.

But while the tax exemption helps cut emissions, it will cost the state revenues of 39.4 billion crowns ($4 billion) in 2022, according to the Treasury Department, and the center-left coalition government will cut profits from luxury cars. trying to suppress

People who bought an electric Porsche Turbo S last year paid at least NOK 1.7 million, which would have cost more than $2.1 million if taxed like gasoline fuel. prize.

The Norwegian Automobile Federation (NAF), an interest group representing car owners, said a new vehicle tax based on weight could negatively impact BEV sales as electric engine systems are heavier than their fossil fuel counterparts. said to be sexual.

NAF spokesman Thor Egil Bradland said: “We are concerned that sales will decline as the government proposes a new tax based on weight.

The government has also not adequately addressed one of the main practical issues for electric vehicle owners, including charging stations and how to pay for their use, he said.

“It takes 10-15 apps to become a well-prepared EV owner in Norway. .

NAF promotes an “e-roaming” solution that allows users to pay at any charging station without the need for multiple apps.

The government defended its policy on electric vehicles.

“Electric cars have become the new normal for Norwegians.

“We are very confident that electric vehicles will take hold,” Vasara said, adding that the government should focus measures on other transport sectors, including heavy goods vehicles.($1 = 9.8437 Norwegian crowns) )

(Reporting by Victoria Klesty, Editing by Terje Solsvik and Barbara Lewis)

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