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The 'Tesla tax' is coming to Norway

October 13,2017 02:21

Norway, considered an electric vehicle pioneer, is mulling a new tax on the emission-free vehicles. Since the government's proposed one-off fee is based on the vehicle's weight, it's already being called the 'Tesla tax'. Currently, Tesla's relatively ...and more »


Norway, considered an electric vehicle pioneer, is mulling a new tax on the emission-free vehicles. Since the government's proposed one-off fee is based on the vehicle’s weight, it’s already being called the 'Tesla tax'.
Currently, Tesla's relatively heavy cars are the only vehicles qualifying in the highest class, which would lead to a 70,000 NOK one-off fee, writes NRK and other Norwegian media.
The motivation behind the fee is that heavy electric vehicles take a toll on the roads, says Hans Andreas Limi from the political party Fremskrittspartiet.
"The only benefit with them is less emissions", he says.
The proposal is getting fierce resistance from environmental movement Bellona and the Norwegian EV association (Norsk elbilforening), who say it arrives just when zero-emission vehicles are becoming the new normal in Norway.
However, Norway's generous electric vehicle subventions remain untouched in the proposal that is part of the Norwegian government's new budget that is presented on Thursday.
If passed, the fees would be ranging from 7,000 to 70,000 NOK. Even if a 'Tesla tax' were to come through, electric vehicles will still be competitively priced compared to countries like Denmark and Sweden.
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