Norway Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up Nearly 100% In November To 24% Market Share

2 years ago by Mark Kane 12

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – November 2015

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – November 2015

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Norway scored one of its best months ever for plug-in electric car sales in November, exceeding 24% market share.

Registrations of passenger cars hit 3,027 (2,040 all-electric and 987 plug-in hybrids). That’s nearly double the amount sold in November 2014 (1,544).

About half the PHEV sales come from the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The Outlander (including ICE version) was the second best-selling model last month with 578 registrations, and nearly 500 of those were PHEVs!

Plug-in hybrid sales are growing very quickly in Norway (up by 677%) – from just 127 a year ago, while all-electric cars are moving up slower (but still a strong 43%).

Separately, 170 new electric vans were registered, as well as 10 used imported electric vans. Imports of used all-electric passenger cars are still strong at 661.

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – November 2015

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – November 2015

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12 responses to "Norway Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up Nearly 100% In November To 24% Market Share"

  1. MikeG says:

    A 15% BEV average share shows how successful electric vehicles can be given generous subsidies/incentives, despite having only a handful of EV models available.

    1. przemo_li says:

      To be fair to the rest of the world.

      Norway is in a bit unique position to give those incentives.

      They tax cars really, really high. They have some good infra, and some paid infra is needed to travel across country, etc. Last but not least Norway is quite wealthy nation, so they can afford *EVs if those are priced comparatively to ICEs.

      Other Scandinavian countries could mimic it… and nobody else 😀 Cause nobody else is so socialistic and wealthy.

      (This tells us something about socialistic societies… right?)

      So no Norway can’t be example to follow.

      However UK and Holland with their corporate tax exceptions are good examples to follow.

      1. Mikael says:

        Well, there are at least another 30 nations that have rich enough people to afford new ICE’s.

        EVs are not costing the Norwegian state since ICE taxes pay for it. That’s something that any state in the world could do.

        Good enough infrastructure is in any developed country too. There has been nothing special about the Norwegian infrastructure and it’s been fairly hard to get from one part to the other in the country in a non-Tesla BEV.

        The only hard part to mimic is being socialistic, green, willing and actually taking action. Something that would make every country a better place but if it were that easy then all would do it.

        So to sum it up: Most countries could do it if they had the right attitude.

        1. Mikael says:

          (most developed countries that is)

        2. Knut Erik Ballestad says:

          That is exactly the politics – tax cars heavy, and tax them progressively by how much they pollute.

          – So all that has been done in Norway is to create a market that doesn’t subsidise ICE’s by letting them put untaxed cost onty the society as a whole.

          So actually this ‘socialistic’ society is the least socialistic society in the world in this regard – all the socalled ‘free market’ countries, like e.g. the US is actually the countries with a socialistic policy in the car market – they subsidise on etechnology heavily, by offloading *a lot* of their actual cost base!

      2. super390 says:

        But once we are in a blatant climate catastrophe (millions of additonal dead per year), these are the measures that everyone will have to adopt anyway. In poorer countries, that means cars will be taxed so that fewer of them will be sold. Countries like India (facing the massive flooding effects on its vassal state Bangladesh) will have to accept that they will never become auto-centric societies and look at alternatives. If you go to Cleantechnica.com, there are more announcements every day of huge solar and wind projects worldwide. So the means to make this transition are coming about.

        So it’s important to know that even one country could adopt these measures without it automatically causing the Commie apocalypse that car lobbyists and right-wingers rant about.

      3. Stephen says:

        The USA could do it if it achieved consensus that climate change was real. If only people listened to scientists not politicians.

      4. Sondre says:

        Remember that if you tax ICEs harder, the money do not disappear. Your country can use the money to lower income taxes.
        And you do not have to do it in the same level as Norway. As the price on EVs comes down, weaker medicine will do.

        1. Knut Erik Ballestad says:

          …and that is exactly the plan in Norway (I guess you are a Norwegian also – by your name :-).

          When electric cars are viable on their own the tax exemptions will be reduced.

          Also, the Norwegian government have decided for a tax level on cars – in total. They have also decided the progressive principle – pollute more, tax more.

          Then the bureaucrat’s are tasked to each year adjust the taxes, so that the total amount collected stays approximately the same.

          Most probably this effect will se taxes on heavily polluting cars skyrocketing in the coming years, since there are fewer and fewer ICE cars to distribute the total tax level over.

  2. goodbyegascar says:

    The Beginning

  3. Alaa says:

    Let us hope that Norway all new cars are electric well before 2050. I hope within 5 years.

    1. Knut Erik Ballestad says:

      Yes, I guess that within 5 years most cars sold in Norway will be electric (BEV/PHEV).

      As late as yesterday, our government (the secretary of the environment) confirmed that to be able to comply with the climate gas emission reduction agreed upon in Paris this week, Norway would have to completely stop allowing ICE cars.