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Norway now buying more plug-in cars than diesels

Almost half of all cars registered in Norway in the first six months of this year were hybrid or electric models, with plug-ins outpacing petrol or diesel sales for the first time.

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More than a third of new cars in Norway are mains-rechargeable.

According to the latest statistics from Norwegian road interest group, Opplysningsrådet for Veitrafikken AS (OFV), 48.1% of the 77,983 passenger cars registered were hybrid, electric or hydrogen fuel cell models; some 37,523 units.

Significantly, more than a third (34.9%, 27,183) of all passenger cars registered in Norway so far this year are fully electric or plug-in hybrids. That compares to 25.8% and 26.1% shares for conventional diesel and petrol vehicles, and 13.2% for hybrids which can’t be mains-recharged.

This time last year, diesel was still just about the most popular fuel in Norway, with a 31.9% share, followed by petrol (28.3%), plug-in and hydrogen (27.6%) and hybrid 10.3%.

Average CO2 emissions for new cars in June 2017 was 78g/km, down from 96g/km a year ago, and in a market enjoying its best month for registrations in 30 years, the OFV said.

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