Norway Sets New Market Share Record For Plug-In Electric Cars At 28.6%

9 months ago by Mark Kane 17

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

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

Nissan breaks the ice as new Nissan LEAF 30 kWh hits showrooms

Nissan breaks the ice as new Nissan LEAF 30 kWh hits showrooms

February 2016 was so far the best month of plug-in electric car sales in Norway – relatively speaking at least, as a new high in market share was reached at 28.6% for new passenger cars.

That’s roughly 3 out of 10 cars sold and the growth year-over-year remain strong at 63.5%What can Norway not do when it comes to EV adoption?

In total 3,490 passenger plug-ins were registered (1,927 BEVs and 1,563 PHEV).

The bad news (if you can consider it that) was that the BEV market for the second month in a row was stagnant compared to 2015, while the good news is that the PHEV segment exploded, up by 613%!

Separately, 371 passenger BEVs were imported as used, and 77 BEV commercial vehicles were registered (67 new, 10 used).

We don’t have all the numbers yet, but it looks like the Nissan LEAF ‘breaks the ice’ with 453 registrations (more than in three previous month altogether) and took 3.7% overall market share. Overall, the Volkswagen e-Golf/GTE is still on the strong lead.

The Tesla Model S noted 113 registrations, while the BMW i3248 (2.0% market share).

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

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

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17 responses to "Norway Sets New Market Share Record For Plug-In Electric Cars At 28.6%"

  1. Big Solar says:

    March could be another big one too.

  2. Mikael says:

    For all you wondering how 95 g co2/km on average for new car sales looks like then look at this.

    Norway are doing 95g in February, and also in January for a 95g on average in total for the year (obviously 😉 ) so far.

    This is the level all of EU will have to be at in less than 4 years (well, let’s say less than 5 years since there is a phase in period).

    Now stop for a second and think about how massive that is…

    1. PJ says:

      Dam that will be massive if it does happen. I just have some doubts about it, will major car manufacturers be able to lower (or in this case raise) the standard. Can someone from Europe tell me how likely it is that they will have to hit 95g in 2020 or 2021. Also is this a all at once thing or a gradual roll in. As in does it get more strict every year until it hits 95g or is there a massive change at 2020/2021.

      1. Just_chris says:

        I think it was a non-binding target of 130g for 2015 and then a big tax hit for every g you are over the set target by 2021. I think the target will be hit but with most of the heavy lifting done by 10 kWh phev’s with even people like Aston Martin and land rover turning up to the party we are well on our way for an exciting few years.

        1. mr. M says:

          It is 95€/g CO2 above the target of 95g C02/100km for every car sold (from the specific carmaker) in the EU.

          Caution: Carmaker below 300.000 cars have a reduced target to fullfill.

          Example:
          VW sold in the EU 1.7 million cars. If they reach 97g instead of 95g C02/100km in 2022 they have to pay a fine of (1.7*2*95) = 323 million €.

    2. mr. M says:

      Yes, this will be awesome. But i think EU wide the PHEV numbers will be higher than the BEV numbers, since a PHEV is less restricting in range.

      I think it will be more like 28% PHEV + 7% BEV marketshare in 2022 EU wide. Compared to the around 18% BEV/ 10% PHEV share in norway now.

    3. Too bad the numbers are based on NEDC fantasy laboratories.

  3. Norwegian says:

    I’m actually a bit surprised that the sale of new BEVs haven’t declined significantly, as I reckon most potential buyers are well aware of the coming Ampera-e (Opel version of Chevy Bolt).

    1. PJ says:

      I’m guessing that most Norwegian aren’t that much at the Bolt. They might be guessing that GM is only going to send a token amount to Norway. I want to know what will happen when we start to see hard rumors/news about the next gen leaf. Will sales of bevs drop then. Also same applies for the model 3

      1. mr. M says:

        If 10% of Bolt production goes to Europe, that is around 5000/year or less.

        In Norway only BEV are 2000/month now. So even if Bolt will sell very well it will be sold out for most of the time.

  4. Assaf says:

    Oi, again with those “explosion” metaphors. No, we don’t want anything related to EVs “exploding”. I can see the Wall Street Journal headline: “EV news site reports massive explosions of EVs in Norway” 🙂

    Hey, what were the top-selling PHEVs? And can you provide a link to the source, since you are scooping ahead of Jose Pontes this month?

    Thanks!

    1. Mark Kane says:

      All data comes from official site: http://www.ofvas.no/statistikk/

  5. kdawg says:

    “while the good news is that the PHEV segment exploded, up by 613%”
    ——–
    What PHEVs are the Norwegians buying?

    1. mr. M says:

      Jan Sales PHEV:

      A3 eTron = 192
      Mitsu Outlander = 121
      BMW X5 PHEV = 119 (started not long ago)
      Volvo V60 = 115
      Volvo XC90 T8 = 104 (started not long ago)
      Mercedes C350e = 94 (started not long ago)
      Golf GTE = 66
      Porsche Cayenne = 27
      Mercedes GLE500e = 24 (started not long ago)
      VW Passat GTE = 18 (started not long ago)
      BMW i8 = 6
      and some other small numbers of Mercedes, Porsche, Toyota

  6. An often seen picture these days in Norway:

  7. Epicurus says:

    What is Norway doing that other countries are not?

    1. Speculawyer says:

      1) Having very generous EV incentives.
      2) Being a pretty rich nation . . . by . . .
      3) Selling their oil to the suckers. 😉