Norway Begins 2016 With Over 25% Market Share For Plug-In Electric Cars

1 year ago by Mark Kane 7

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – January 2016

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – January 2016

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S in Norway

The Norwegian plug-in electric car market grew in January 2016 by some 26%, which is not terribly unusual for Norway.

For the first month of the year,  2,802 new passenger plug-ins sold (1,905 BEVs and 8,97 PHEV), which shot market share to 25.5%. That’s one of the best results to date.

Official data also includes 404 used imported passenger electric cars (think Kia Soul EVs from Germany for the most part), 62 new electric vans and 6 used imported vans, as well as one hydrogen fuel cell Toyota – that must be the Mirai.

Pure-electric cars are selling better than plug-in hybrids in Norway, although January saw BEVs up just 0.5% compared to the previous year. On the other hand, plug-in hybrids enjoyed a 172% increase!

We don’t know the detailed results yet for all VW models, but it does seems that Volkswagen moved at least few hundred e-Golfs and secured first place.

BMW i3 is surprisingly high at #5 overall with 294 registrations, just ahead of the Nissan LEAF with 284.

The 15th most popular model was the Renault ZOE with 197 registrations.

105 registrations didn’t allow the Tesla Model S to break into Top 20 yet, but in the case of Tesla (second in 2015) we should see better performance later this year.

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – January 2016

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – January 2016

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7 responses to "Norway Begins 2016 With Over 25% Market Share For Plug-In Electric Cars"

  1. ffbj says:

    Oop! I got dizzy for a second there when I read that someone bought a Mirai.

    1. Haruchai says:

      Try not to breathe in too much hydrogen.

  2. SparkEV says:

    VW is 1, but what are 2, 3, 4? I guess SoulEV might be there somewhere. Are they mostly CCS cars?

    1. mr. M says:

      Model Name — nr. of cars sold in Jan — % (overall)

      1. Volkswagen Golf 998 9,1
      2. Toyota Rav4 328 3,0
      3. Toyota Yaris 317 2,9
      4. Toyota Auris 300 2,7
      5. BMW i3 / i3 PHEV 294 2,7
      6. Nissan Leaf 284 2,6 284
      7. Mazda CX-3 269 2,4 269
      8. Volkswagen Passat 236 2,1
      9. Audi A3 233 2,1 233
      10. Mazda CX-5 223 2,0 223
      11. Suzuki Vitara 219 2,0
      12. Volvo XC90 215 2,0 215
      13. Skoda Octavia 213 1,9
      14. Ford Mondeo 211 1,9
      15. Renault Zoe 197 1,8
      16. Nissan Qashqai 196 1,8
      17. Skoda Superb 186 1,7
      18. Peugeot 308 176 1,6
      19. BMW X5 170 1,5 170
      20. Volkswagen up! 165 1,5

      1. mr. M says:

        and somewhat related:
        eGolf 629
        A3 e-tron 191
        e-Up! 141
        Mitsu Outlander PHEV 121
        X5 40e PHEV 119

        Kia Soul (without imported) ~50(?)

        source: http://ev-sales.blogspot.de/2016/02/norway-january-2016.html

  3. Rick Bronson says:

    So nice to hear. Great work people of Norway.
    The more EVs they buy, they can save Oil that can be exported.

    1. Haruchai says:

      Which doesn’t benefit them as much as it used to, unfortunately.