Norway Proposes ‘Tesla Tax’
In a first of its kind move, Norway has proposed a “Tesla Tax”. This move is likely to hit the car owners and buyers in one of the best-selling markets for the electric cars.
Critics have pulled the government over the idea, saying the move will seek to undermine the standing of the Scandinavian country as being the pioneer of zero-emission vehicles.
Total sales of hybrids and electric cars in all accounted for about 60 percent of all the new vehicle sales last month in Norway. This has been possible due to extensive subsidies in the form of tolls, taxes and parking fees.
However, now the Oslo’s centre-right minority government is proposing a one-off tax on all the electric cars that carry a weight of more than two tonnes. This, at present, would predominantly be targeting Tesla and will potentially add about NKr 82,800 ($10,500) in the total cost of buying a Tesla.
Norway has found huge success while introducing electric cars and aims to only sell zero-emission cars by 2025. Though, critics have often said that the popularity of EVs in the country can be downright put on the price of some of the most expensive Teslas being cut due to subsidies by about NKr 450,000.
These new tax proposals add around NKr 36,000 and can go up to as much as NKr 82,800 in the total cost of Model X by Tesla. The SUV has been popular in the country since it has the ability to tow trailers, thus, being appreciated by the families that have mountain cabins.