BMW April 2022

Electric cars will likely make up 90% of Volkswagen Group’s sales in Norway next year and could completely replace diesel and gasoline engines in the Nordic country by 2023. The debut of Volkswagen’s highly anticipated ID3 model vaulted it to the top of the Norwegian sales ranking, outselling Tesla’s Model 3 and the Polestar 2 from China, according to the Norwegian Road Federation.

With a 2025 goal of becoming the first country to end the sale of fossil-fuel cars, oil-producer Norway exempts battery-powered vehicles from taxes imposed on gasoline and diesel engines.

The policy has turned the country’s car market into a laboratory for global automakers seeking a path to a future without internal combustion engines, vaulting new brands and models to the top of bestseller lists in recent years.