Norway is proposing a 'Tesla fee'

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Norway, considered an electric vehicle pioneer, is mulling a new tax on the emission-free vehicles. Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association Secretary General Christina Bu said, "This was unexpected by both the drivers and by the auto industry and it sends a bad signal to the Norwegians and the world".

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.

"Electric cars will still be accorded significant advantages in comparison with cars running on fossil fuels".

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Norway is planning to add additional tax burden on consumers planning to buy electric cars. Automobile industry magazines have termed the tax as "Tesla Tax" as it would impact Tesla's expensive Model S and Model X SUV.

Last month, 29 percent of the new auto sales in the country were EVs, with Tesla deliveries soaring.

Thanks to the "greencentives", Norway has the highest per-capita number of electric cars in the world, with 215.6 EVs per 10,000 inhabitants, according to the IEA and the Financial Times. Since the government's proposed one-off fee is based on the vehicle's weight, it's already being called the "Tesla tax". This is gambling with the whole electric vehicle market.

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But others, like Andreas Halse, environmental spokesman for the opposition Labour party, argue that even if EVs are zero-emission, they still create traffic jams and damage roads due to their weight.

The minority right-wing government will need the support of other parties in Parliament to pass the budget bill.

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