OSLO -- Electric-car sales in Norway overtook those of vehicles powered by combustion and hybrid engines last year.
Full-electric cars made up 54 percent of all new cars sold in the Nordic country in 2020, up from 42 percent in 2019 and from 1 percent of the overall market a decade ago, the Norwegian Road Federation (OFV) said.
Norway aims to become the first nation to end the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2025 and it exempts full-electric vehicles from taxes imposed on those that use fossil fuels.
The policy has turned the country's car market into a test for 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.
While the sale of full-electric cars had broken the 50 percent mark in individual months, 2020 was the first time that they outsold the combined volume of models containing internal combustion engines for a year as a whole.