Volkswagen (VW), long one of the major car dealers in Norway, has announced it will stop selling all models fueled by gasoline and diesel after New Year. The German producer and its Norwegian importer point to the massive rise of electric car sales in recent years.
“As a final farewell to fossil cars, the last order for a Volkswagen Golf will be taken towards the end of the year,” said Ulf Tore Hekneby, director of Norway’s importer of Volkswagen cars, Møller Bil. He called sales of electric cars in Norway “a formidable success,” while the market for fossil-fueled cars has all but crashed.
Recent figures indicated that more than 80 percent of all cars sold in Norway are now electric, even though government officials have been reducing or even eliminating such sales incentives as lower taxes, free parking and lower road tolls for electric cars.
Volkswagen, meanwhile, reports it has sold 1.1 million cars in Norway over the past 75 years. More than 100,000 of them have been electric models over the past 10 years. The VW model ID.4 emerged as the second-most-sold car in Norway in September.