Støre defends VAT on expensive electric cars: “We can use the money to build more charging stations”

Jonas Gahr StørePhoto: Javad Parsa / NTB

The money the government collects from imposing VAT on expensive electric cars can be used to build charging stations, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (AP) said on Thursday.

The Labor Party wants to introduce VAT on electric cars that cost more than NOK 600,000, according to the Hurdal platform. Conservative Party (H) leader and former Prime Minister Erna Solberg criticized the move during the debate in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) on Thursday.

“All the concrete measures in the climate area from this government so far are to weaken the measures that are needed,” she said. 

“The VAT on electric cars is being increased, which means that the incentives to buy an electric car will be reduced. Then I wonder if Støre can give concrete answers to what will actually cut climate emissions,” she added.

More charging stations

Støre pointed out that the money collected from the VAT could be used to build charging stations.

“Then people can drive an electric car in the districts,” he noted.

On Wednesday, Støre emphasized that Norway would cooperate with the EU to achieve its climate goals.

“The government will initiate talks with the EU on how this cooperation can be developed and strengthened. 

“The choices Europe will now make will depend, among other things, on the technology and competence we have,” he said.

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