Club news: NAF study shows Norwegians favour electric cars
Publication date: 16 June 2015
A new study conducted by the Norwegian Automobile Club NAF, with more than 50,000 respondents shows that a large majority of Norwegians, 74%, are in favour of keeping electric car incentives to reach the goal of reducing CO2 emissions. The study shows that 39% of respondents are considering buying electric cars, and that these vehicles are particularly appealing for young people.
The study highlights the importance of developing an extensive charging infrastructure: among those who have charging facilities available both at home and at work the possibility of buying an electric car increases to 50%. Norwegians already enjoy a well-developed charging infrastructure: 76% of respondents report having charging facilities at home and 31% at work.
Norway is the leading country on electric vehicles deployment with more than 50,000 electric cars sold, representing almost 13% of new car sales. Their success can be attributed to government incentives, such as tax exemptions, that allow them to be competitive in price with regular cars. If all cars sold after 2040 in Norway were rechargeable or run by fuel cells, the country could achieve a reduction in emissions of 70% from its car fleet. The study shows that sensible policies are successful in reducing emissions when they help citizens make sensible environmental choices.
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