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Why electric car sales dropped a staggering 60% in Denmark in the first quarter

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Electric car sales dropped 60% in Denmark in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.

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The market deflated after the Danish government removed a tax waiver on imports of electrics and started taxing them like normal, fossil-fueled vehicles.

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Denmark was the only one of nine European countries to register a decline. Norway had an increase of more than 20%, Finland of more than 50%, and Sweden of almost 80%.

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Tesla suffered the most with the 180% tax. It went from selling 2,738 cars in Denmark in 2015 to 176 in 2016 to six this first quarter.

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Overall sales dropped so much that the Danish government decided to stop charging the 180% tax on electrics until 5,000 cars are sold, up to 2018.

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