Tesla pushes Norway’s EV sales to new record

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OSLO, Oct 1 (Businesshala) – Norwegian electric car sales hit a record high last month, driven by demand for Tesla Inc’s (TSLA.O) mid-size model in the influential Nordic market, new data showed on Friday.

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The Norwegian Road Federation (OFV) said battery electric vehicles made up 77.5% of all new cars sold last month, up from 61.5% a year earlier, as the country became the first country to phase out petrol and diesel engine sales by 2025. wants to be .

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The Tesla Model Y, a compact sports utility vehicle, was the best-selling vehicle in Norway in September with 19.8% of the car market, followed by the company’s Model 3 sedans with 12.3%. Skoda’s Enyaq finished third with 4.4%.

First unveiled by California-based Tesla in March 2019, the Model Y was recently made available to European customers, with the continent’s first thousands of Norwegians to receive the car.

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Oil producer Norway has become a global leader in eliminating the use of combustion engines, by completely exempting electric vehicles from taxes imposed on those who rely on fossil fuels.

In 2020, electric cars grabbed 54% of the overall Norwegian market, beating the combined volumes of petrol, diesel and hybrid engines for the first time on a full-year basis.

Reporting by Victoria Klesti, Editing by Terje Solsvik

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