Hitting record, electric cars sales in Norway near 80% in 2022

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OSLO, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Almost four out of five new cars sold in Norway last year were battery-powered, with Tesla (TSLA.O) the top-selling brand for the second year in a row, registration data showed on Monday.

Seeking to become the first nation to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2025, oil-producing Norway has until now exempted battery-powered fully electric vehicles (BEV) from taxes imposed on rivals using internal combustion engines (ICE).

The share of new electric vehicles rose to 79.3% in 2022 from 65% in 2021 and from a mere 2.9% a decade ago, the Norwegian Road Federation (OFV) said.

Tesla had a 12.2% share of the overall car market in Norway, making it the number one brand for a second consecutive year, ahead of Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) with 11.6%.

The Tesla Model Y was the single most popular model of the year, ahead of Volkswagen's electric ID.4 in second place, and Skoda Enyaq in third.

Reporting by Victoria Klesty, editing by Terje Solsvik

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