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Electric charge for EVs in Norway

The electric vehicle market is expanding rapidly in Europe but a lack of sufficient infrastructure remains a problem. Christina Bu, Secretary General of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association explains all

Q: Why has Norway managed to expand its fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) so rapidly since the 1990s? A. Norway has taken a very simple measure, of creating demand through changes in our tax system. The country has very high car taxes, especially for new vehicles, and VAT (value added tax) is 25%. We have had that [tax level] for many years, and people are used to it. It's an important source of income for the state. So the government removed taxes and VAT on electric cars. Now, they are more or less the same price as fossil fuel cars. You can't expect consumers to pay more for a car when they are unsure of the technology. On top of that, there are quite a few local incentives. Electric car

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