Electric Vehicles, Tax incentives and Emissions: Evidence from Norway

Author/Editor:

Youssouf Camara ; Bjart Holtsmark ; Florian Misch

Publication Date:

June 8, 2021

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper empirically estimates the effects of electric vehicles (EVs) on passenger car emissions to inform the design of policies that encourage EV purchases in Norway. We use exceptionally rich data on the universe of cars and households from Norway, which has a very high share of EVs, thanks to generous tax incentives and other policies. Our estimates suggest that household-level emission savings from the purchase of additional EVs are limited, resulting in high implicit abatement costs of Norway’s tax incentives relative to emission savings. However, the estimated emission savings are much larger if EVs replace the dirtiest cars. Norway’s experience may also help inform similar policies in other countries as they ramp up their own national climate mitigation strategies.

Series:

Working Paper No. 2021/162

Frequency:

regular

English

Publication Date:

June 8, 2021

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513582818/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2021162

Pages:

25

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