Sooner or later it had to happen: the gravy train of electrical ended in Norway
Two years ago we were in Norway in presenting a car that, as one would expect, was electric, a Nissan Leaf. Few scenarios were more appropriate to present this car. And nowhere else we would find with a car park so peculiar. Oslo is the paradise of electric. We parked on every street three or four Nissan Leaf. Charging points - free - every fifty meters. Occasional nervous to go driving electric Nissan compact laugh, to see a good jam at the entrance to the city and dodge legally occupying the bus lane. Was it too good to be true? It seems. The benefits of electric in Norway will end.
Compared with other luxury sedans, the Tesla Model S is a bargain in Norway. A Nissan Leaf will cost the same as a Volkswagen Polo very basic.
We talk about daily benefits, but the fact rend taxes on the acquisition and maintenance of a car. A Class E 220 BlueTEC Mercedes diesel with 170 hp and four extras will cost more than 550,000 Norwegian kroner (65,000 euros). For the same price you can take a Tesla Model S all-wheel drive, 334 hp and interesting features such as 0 to 100 km / h in 5.4 seconds.
And there are still more. For that price you can take the Tesla to your home, recharge free when you make your arrangements in the city, not paying parking meters around traffic using the bus lane, not pay annual taxes of circulation, and so on.
The benefits of electric cars in Norway will gradually fading, but for now continue to enjoy many advantages over other vehicles.
Currently Electric have reached a market share really important, specifically an electric for every four cars registered in Norway. In cities like Oslo are thousands, probably tens of thousands. Bus drivers are complaining that their lanes are taking serious jams by the presence of so many electric cars. Municipalities complain of revenue are being lost by the favorable treatment to electric.
And with an increasingly complicated situation, legislators have had to sit at a table and start negotiating with stakeholders. Aid to electric in Norway have their days, yet these continue to benefit from many advantages over any other car (The Telegraph).
moment exemptions electrical will continue until 2017. From January 2018 they begin to pay half the tax and from 2020, the full rate, like any other car. Tax exemptions as the Norwegian VAT will be replaced by other aid will gradually fading. And the local government of each municipality shall have the power to decide if the streets are free parking meters for electric and if they can use the bus lane.
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