Scientists say dangerous gas and fumes produce toxins such as sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, benzene, polycyclic hydrocarbons and formaldehyde — each of which can cause cancers, crop failure, water and environmental pollution, and dangerous health conditions, including infertility, and death.
As at the end of 2016, Norway already had 100,000 zero-emission cars on the road, as reported on the Norwegian government portal, elbil.no.
By 2025, the report says, all of the cars on Norway’s roads could be electric.
“That’s just eight years away — and if the target seems a little ambitious, it should be noted that the country is already well on its way toward this goal. Electric vehicle (EV) sales already comprise 37 percent of Norway’s car market,” elbil states.
In the interim, Norway has been incentivizing the use of zero-emission vehicles since the 1990s.
These include exempting EVs from value added taxes, thus making conventional automobiles significantly more expensive in the country, low annual road tax, and no purchase and import taxes. EVs also park for free in city centres, get access to bus lanes, and don’t have to pay road tolls.
Towards the end of 2016, the country already had 100,000 zero-emission cars on the road. According to projections, this figure will quadruple by the end of the decade.
Considering that Norway has a population of 5.2 million, this number is already a significant chunk of the country.