If Norway’s January car sales figures are anything to go by, the country will soon phase out the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles far ahead of their already ambitious target of 2025.
Data from the Norwegian Information Council for Road Traffic (OFV) shows that electric vehicles (EVs) accounted for 83.7% of the 7,957 passenger cars sold last month.
During the same month last year, that figure was “only” 53%. It also considerably outpaced the sale of EVs in 2021, which ended the year at 65%.
To put the figures in perspective, 19 out of the top 20 selling cars last month were electric. Leading the way was the Audi Q4 e-tron with 643 sales.
Only the Toyota RAV4 was able to crack into the top 20, taking ninth spot.
Even more shocking was that more Porsche Taycans (181) were sold in Norway last month than all petrol cars combined (175).
The figures line up almost exactly the trend we reported on last year, which showed ICE car sales in Norway reaching near zero by April.
Not even the harsh winter climate in the northern regions of Norway presented as a barrier toward EV adoption.
Car sales in the Finnmark region, situated well within the Arctic Circle, were 80% electric last month.