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What are the most effective ways of promoting electric cars?

April 22, 2016

What are the most effective ways of promoting electric cars?

Norway has the highest battery-electric vehicle market share of any country worldwide. A new study investigated the incentives that have persuaded consumers to purchase electric vehicles in Norway, revealing that up-front price reductions (such as exemptions from purchase tax) are the most powerful incentives.

An astounding 80% of increases in CO2 emissions in the past 45 years have come from road transport. Electromobility — a road transport system in which vehicles use electricity for propulsion — has been proposed as a method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector.

Indeed, electric vehicles emit less CO2 than conventional, internal combustion enginepowered cars but also provide enhanced energy efficiency, lower user costs and reduced noise and air pollution.

Norway, where this study was conducted, has become a global leader in electromobility. It has the highest market share of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs, which use chemical energy stored in rechargeable battery packs to power electric motors) of any country worldwide. Over 70 000 BEVs are registered in the country, and they accounted for almost 20% of new car sales in 2015.

Read more at "Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, edited by SCU, The University of the West of England, Bristol.

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