Germany Surpasses Norway as Europe’s Largest Electric Car Market

By Paul Riegler on 10 December 2019
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The Maximilianstraße in Munich

Germany is now poised to take the lead in sales of electric vehicles, beating out perennial favorite Norway, which has held the position of frontrunner since 2010.

The news shows that German automakers’ investments in developing electric vehicles that average consumers will buy are finally paying off.

The number of new electric vehicle registrations in Germany through November was 57,533 versus 56,893 in Norway.

Norway still holds the lead in the percentage of new car sales that are electric.  In March of this year, sales of electric vehicles exceeded sales of conventionally powered vehicles for the first time when 58.8% were battery powered.

The Nordic country is one of the world’s largest producers of oil and gas but it actively encourages drivers to buy electric cars to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)