Norway: Electric Car Owners Get Free Parking, Ferry Trips, and Can Drive in Bus Lanes

    In Norway, owners of electric cars enjoy free public parking, free ferry trips, and the right to drive in bus lanes.

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    Electric cars are hailed as one of the solutions to the problem that is rising global gas emissions. As all-electric car technology catches up with and even surpasses conventional gas-powered cars, electric cars are slowly but surely creeping into the limelight.

    Governments around the world have begun deploying government incentives, such as tax exemptions and other benefits. Perhaps most prominent these incentives are in Norway, where owners of electric cars enjoy free public parking, free ferry trips, tax exemptions on purchase, and even the right to drive in bus lanes.

    By 2018, Norway has a goal of reaching 50,000 zero emission vehicles on the road. The sales of electric cars have been so great that this target may even be met in early 2015, which could mean an early closure of the incentives as the government stated that they'd only last until 2018, or when the number of zero emission vehicles reaches 50,000.

    Until then, however, owners of electric cars are able to enjoy the benefits of going green, supporting the environment and the development of green technology.

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