Heavy EVs To Be Taxed in Norway

October 17, 2017 Taxation in Norway

Tesla taxOSLO – Heavy teslas will soon be taxed more to compensate for the damage they cause to roads in Norway.

Last week it was unveiled that Norway was evaluating the possibility of introducing a tax on electric vehicles, as part of the 2018 national budget.

Currently, Norway is regarded as being one of the most EV-friendly countries in the world, with significant tax and infrastructural advantages for EV owners.

It is estimated that there are approximately 215.6 electric and hybrid cars in the country for every 10 000 residents.

Further, approximately 35 percent of new cars sold in Norway now are at least partially electrified.

The new tax would be levied as a one-time fee for the registration of an electric vehicle which exceeds 2 tonnes in weight.

Experts have estimated that the measure would hike the price of a Tesla Model X by as much as USD 12 000, while a Tesla Model S by USD 5 000.

The government claimed that the tax is intended to help pay for the wear that the heavy cars cause to roads, as electric cars do not use petrol, a common source of tax revenues for road repairs.

The proposed tax has come to be widely regarded as a Tesla tax, as the all-electric cars are relatively popular models in Norway.