Norway amps up electric car incentives

Norway is to amp up its incentives to drive electric vehicles (EVs) starting in 2014. Norwegians currently pay no VAT when buying EVs and drivers that go all-electric can park […]

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Norway is to amp up its incentives to drive electric vehicles (EVs) starting in 2014.

Norwegians currently pay no VAT when buying EVs and drivers that go all-electric can park for free, go through tolls without paying and make use of the country’s bus lanes.

Ola Elvesten, Chair of the Committee on Energy and the Environment and Deputy Leader of Norway’s Liberal Party told the CleanTechnica blog: “Now we are increasing [these incentives]. There will be no value added tax on the leasing of cars and buying of batteries. That is new from next year.”

Oil-rich Norway is already a haven for EVs. Tesla’s Model S was the nation’s best selling car in September, while the Nissan LEAF took the top spot in November.

Recent car registration figures showed EVs are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, though not to the same extent.