Tag: Ketil Solvik-Olsen

Apr 9, 2015 - 08:35 am

Ketil Solvik-Olsen, Pawan Goenka.

Ketil-Solvik-Olsen“Our experience might not work in countries with a strong automobile industry. We succeeded in increasing electric car sales, because we kept high taxes on regular cars and cut taxes on electric cars.”

Norway’s Minister of Transportation Ketil Solvik-Olsen on how and if his country might serve as a model for others. He also pointed out Norway’s unique position of having plenty of hydroelectricity at its disposal that can greenly power the EV boom.

Pawan-Goenka“I think more OEMs have to come into this field. It cannot be just one OEM selling one vehicle. Only then will it lead to more awareness. Today, people do not know about EVs and whether it’s only Mahindra selling or Tata selling, there’s no awareness. Tomorrow if there are six OEMs who all talk about EVs, promote EVs, then everybody will benefit from it. So, I would like more competition here!”

This is Dr. Pawan Goenka, Executive Director of Mahindra & Mahindra, practically begging for more competition on the Indian EV market to simply get it going.

Feb 17, 2015 - 10:39 am

Ketil Solvik-Olsen, Ken Ramirez.

Ketil-Solvik-Olsen“The agreement was that there would be no taxes on electric cars, and we’ll keep the perks until 50,000 electric cars are on the roads. But the market developed so much faster than we expected. As we succeeded a lot faster than we thought, we are now looking into easing up on these problems this year.”

Norway’s Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen is not talking about taking away the highly successful EV tax incentives. However, they prove to be so effective that now too many electric cars are blocking Oslo’s bus lanes – a problem that needs to be addressed.

Ken-Ramirez“The Renault Zoe hatchback was already the most affordable electric vehicle on the market. The move to the 35 per cent funding for cars in the lowest emitting band will make Zoe even more affordable and encourage yet more motorists to move to zero tailpipe emission vehicles.”

Ken Ramirez, Managing Director Renault UK, is pleased with the UK government’s changes to the plug-in car grants as they mean that the Renault Zoe will become up to 552 pounds cheaper.

Found on electrive.com
09.04.2015 08:43