As we reported on Friday would happen, today the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association held an event acknowledging plug-in electrified vehicle number 50,000 at the country’s Drammen Harbor.
Today the registration plate EL 60000 was granted to a Tesla Model S purchased as number 50,000. The plate is 10,000 above because the “EL” plate series began at 10,000.
Not only is this a major milestone for the country of just five million people, it also marks the cap at which point government leaders must decide whether to continue incentivizing the country’s remarkable adoption of PEVs or alter policy.
Present law stipulates generous incentives including exemption from VAT and numerous other perks are to end by 2017 or at the 50,000th PEV sold.
The rules remain but next month members of Parliament with input by advocates will decide what to do with the state budget that has seen significant cuts to tax revenues because PEV buyers have not had to pay.
Norway is otherwise a veritable poster child of EV adoption – and it is all-electric cars that it overwhelmingly buys. In March, for example, out of 14,159 total new passenger vehicles sold, 3,391 were battery electric and just 357 were plug-in hybrids.
While a microcosm compared to major markets like the U.S., Norway’s success particularly over the past few years has been held up as an example of what can be accomplished when enough people get behind a goal in unity.
Today one out of every four new cars sold is an electric car in Norway. The country’s fleet of registered cars is 2 percent electric – a sizable percentage considering many pre-existing conventional cars yet on the roads.
The license plate was handed out by the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association
“Our role as a beacon in the international electric vehicle market is perhaps the most important climate initiative Norway contributes in the long term, said Christina Bu, General Secretary of the NEVS.
The NEVS has 20,000 members, and a Norwegian news report describes the group as clarifying myths about the viability of using electricity for automotive transport, among other advocacy and outreach objectives.