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Norway’s Electric Car Progress is Hampered!
Last month, production and delivery issues hampered sales of new vehicles in Norway, affecting the goal of removing new fossil-fuel cars from auto dealerships by 2025.
According to figures provided by the Norwegian Information Council for Road Traffic, first-time automobile registrations declined by 24 percent in February compared to the same month a year ago, with the emission-free share declining to about 76 percent from 84 percent in January. However, that’s an increase from the 48 percent market share for electric vehicles in the same month last year.
The fall was attributed to the scarcity of semiconductors used in the automobile industry, as well as the difficulties of obtaining a place on car-carrying ships, according to the council. The most popular car of the month was the Hyundai Ioniq 5, followed by the BMW iX and the Audi Q4 e-Tron. Approximately 9.4 percent of all new automobiles sold operated only on gasoline or diesel, while 15 percent were hybrids.