Norway’s electric car drive belies national reliance on fossil fuels

Two-thirds of sales at end of 2020 were battery electric vehicles despite dependence on oil and gas drilling

became the first country to sell more electric cars than petrol, hybrid and diesel engines put together last year, new data shows, with battery electric vehicles (BEVs) accounting for two-thirds of sales in the final months of 2020.

has one of the world’s most ambitious green targets, planning to phase out sales of all new fossil-fuel vehicles by 2025, five years earlier than the UK.

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