Electric Cars Now outsell Gas, Diesel Vehicles In Norway, India Ramps It Up But Nigeria Searches For More Crude

The Oasis Reporters

April 6, 2019

Tesla electric car, now outsells gas or diesel cars in Norway.

India is set to beat it’s target of zero emission vehicles by Year 2030 for the
Electric vehicle industry in India that unveiled it’s ‘National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020’ in 2013 to address the issues of National energy security, vehicular pollution and growth of domestic manufacturing capabilities, has seen it’s private sector vehicle manufacturing companies like Tata, Reva Electric Car Company (RECC), etc lead others in churning out electric cars well ahead of the set deadline.

Besides, Indian app-based transportation network companies like Ola are working on making electric cars more common over the next two decades.

According to a CNN report, Electric vehicles outsold gas and diesel models in Norway for the first time ever last month, accounting for 58.4% of all vehicle sales.
Norway is a leader in the adoption of zero-emission vehicles and the government has set an ambitious goal to stop selling new gas and diesel passenger cars and vans by 2025.

In March, 18,375 new cars were registered in the country and 10,732 of those were zero-emission vehicles, according to Norway’s Road Traffic Information Council, or OFV. That’s more double the number of zero-emission vehicles sold in March 2018.

Tesla’s Model 3 (TSLA) led the charge. The OFV says that 5,315 Model 3 sedans were registered in March, setting a record for sales of a single car model in a single month.
There were also 3,469 hybrid passenger cars sold last month — a 10% drop from March 2018.
The number of gas and diesel vehicle sales dropped to a record low.

Norway has implemented a number of incentives to encourage people to buy electric cars, according to the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association. Zero-emission cars don’t pay the 25% Value Added Tax (VAT) and are exempt from Norway’s carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and weight taxes imposed on gas and diesel vehicles. They also get discounts on parking, toll roads and ferries.

In 2018, Norway was the 10th largest market, by dollar amount for US vehicle exports, according to the International Trade Association, with more than $821 million in sales.
The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association projects that electric vehicles will make up about 50% of the country’s car sales in 2019.

Reiterating its commitment to the Paris Agreement, the Government of India has plans to make a major shift to electric vehicles by 2030. E-commerce companies, Indian car manufacturers would have to key in.

All the futuristic advancements in developed and developing countries point to one source : Education is the springboard. Strategic and right education and this has got Senator Ben Murray Bruce, worried about the 12 million out of school children in the north that can be a looming timebomb.

Oil prospecting in Northern Nigeria. Mr. President listens to a site engineer.
Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari flags off crude oil prospecting in Bauchi State.

To Sen. Ben Murray Bruce, spending billions of dollars prospecting for crude oil in the north of Nigeria rather than using the funds to educate children is a colossal waste of money. The oil may have no cars to power very soon as the world embraces more of zero emission electric cars, a process driven by smart thinking educated workforce.

Greg Abolo

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