Towards a world record in Bergen – every fifth car will soon be electric

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Bergen will pass 20 per cent in electric car ownership before long. The city will be the first in the world where one in five cars runs on electricity.

“Let’s just congratulate the politicians in Bergen. They’ve shown the world that emission-free motoring is possible,” says Christina Bu, secretary general of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association (Norsk elbilforening).

Figures from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens vegvesen) show that there are 21,910 electric cars in Bergen. This represents 19.3 per cent of the total car fleet of 113,422 cars. Bergen will be the first major city in the world to pass 20 per cent in electric car ownership, according to the association.

The share of electric cars in Norway’s car fleet is about 9 per cent. In Oslo, the share is 16.3 per cent, Trondheim is 11.9 per cent, and Stavanger has 13.2 per cent, according to figures from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

“Studies show that discounted road-toll is one of the main reasons people choose electric cars. It is important to remember that it is still the case that the vast majority drive petrol and diesel cars in both Bergen and the rest of the country,” Bu emphasizes.

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