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Electric Cars Over Half of New Vehicles in Iceland This Year

The majority of newly-registered vehicles in Iceland this year are either electric or hybrid vehicles, mbl.is reports. It is the first time that conventional cars, powered by gasoline or diesel, have not been the majority of new cars purchased.

In 2014, conventional vehicles accounted for 97% of new registrations. So far this year, they account for just 45%, and there is no sign the trend will reverse. Hybrid vehicles and plug-in hybrids are popular in Iceland, but fully electric vehicles have gained the most ground on the market recently.

Read More: How is the Icelandic government promoting electric vehicles?

Electric or hybrid cars currently account for 11% of the nation’s fleet. Mbl.is estimates that electric cars will account for the majority of passenger vehicles within a decade or so. There are around 16,000 electric vehicles in Iceland, of a total of 357,000 motor vehicles, of which around 220,000 are passenger vehicles.

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