According to Swedish car industry organisation Bil Sweden, 23,058 ’green’ cars were sold here this year through June, representing an increase of 25 percent compared to the same period in last year. The jump in demand means that low-emission vehicles accounted for over 15 percent of all newly-registered cars.
Sweden’s Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren welcomed the news saying that ”Sweden is taking the lead in Europe’s environmentally-friendly car league.” Carlgren went on to call for further fuel-efficiencies in green cars and the wider use of ethanol-driven vehicles.
According to Bil Sweden carbon dioxide emissions from new cars are falling faster in Sweden than anywhere else in Europe, and within a year Sweden will top the league for lowest emissions.
The organisation welcomed the Swedish government’s program, giving those who buy green cars a tax break worth 1400 US dollars, which it says helped boost green car sales significantly.