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Looks like Norway is the place to be when it comes to low emissions.

17.1 percent of new car registration in Norway last year was made up of zero emissions vehicles. "Never has the market share of electric cars been as high as in 2015," said Christina Bu of the Norwegian Association of Electric Cars. 12.5 percent of the market in 2014 was electric cars, so this is a pretty significant jump up. Most of the zero emissions cars sold were the electric versions of the Volkswagen Golf, the Nissan Leaf, the Renault Zoe, and the BMW i3 and there was also a large portion of Tesla Model S vehicles (a fully electric car with no hybrid or fossil fuel engine counterpart). It seems that Norway is establishing itself as a pioneer in the field of ownership of zero emissions vehicles, offering several incentives for green vehicle owners, from tax redemptions, carpool lane usage, and even free parking.

We at Water Gallery are very excited to have decided to buy one and only one Christmas gift for ourselves this year. After searching for months for a car to replace our much beloved, 9-year-old Lexus hybrid Rx400h, the answer become abundantly clear: a Tesla Model S. This vehicle, and its creator South African visionary Elon Musk, is in the process of changing the car industry forever. While one certainly pays a premium for this remarkable zero emissions vehicle, there are also significant tax incentives involved and the fact that you will never ever go to a gas station again is a remarkable feeling. Yes, there are environmental consequences of electricity usage as well, such as coal-fired power plants, but Tesla is without question a groundbreaking company that's turning the fossil fuel market upside down. We are going to be very proud to own and drive this incredible car and be a part of the change we want to see in our world.

Tesla Model S zero emissions vehicle

As always, reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve. Small, everyday changes can make a huge difference.

2 comments

Feb 03, 2016 • Posted by Brittany

Not only does it help our environment, but it is a sweet looking car!

Jan 08, 2016 • Posted by John Carter

We need more cars like these! So important for our environment!

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