In 2018, More Than 8% Of Cars Sold In Sweden Were Plug-Ins

JAN 7 2019 BY MARK KANE 9

2018 was the last year of PHEV dominance in Sweden?

While the overall car market in Sweden decreases, plug-in electric cars continue with expansion. In December, some 2,695 new plug-ins were registered, which is 21% more than a year ago at a decent 11% market share.

All-electric cars became more popular in recent months, while the plug-in hybrids note decline:

  • BEVs – 1,090 (up 277%)
  • PHEVs – 1,605 (down 17%)

The best-selling model in December was Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (383), followed by Nissan LEAF (343) and Renault ZOE (340).

Plug-in electric car sales in Sweden

The total number of new registrations in 2018 amounted to 28,674 (up 43% year-over-year) at an average market share of 8.1%.

Plug-in hybrid models were the most popular choice in 2018, but there is big chance that new BEV models and more BEV-friendly incentives will change the outcome in 2019:

Source: EV Sales Blog

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We are sadly so way, way behind our neighbour to the west. Hopefully Volvo and Polestar will up the interest for BEVs when they arrive with their XC40 and 2, though they will likely be quite expensive.

Why do you think that is? Sweden seems to have decent incentives. How do you think Model 3 will do in Sweden?

Either way, 8% share is still one of the best in the world.

The Bay Area has nearly as many people as Sweden and EV’s have a 12% market share, so give the US some time.

Yes, but the Bay Area is in no way representative for the US in terms of education, household income, etc etc

Don’t forget nevs. They will flood The market with good and cheap EVs. They have now started to mass produce them.

Haha… NEVS will be selling fleet vehicles in China based on the old SAAB chassis… not going to export the vehicles from China to Sweden anytime soon in any significant numbers. 😉

Nice…small compared to Norway but huge compared to the USA average. I guess they don’t have much in terms of incentives but the high gasoline prices in Europe provide a big incentive.

The incentives in Sweden are peanuts compared to Norway, mainly because old fashion cars are heavily taxed in Norway.
I think the main issue in Sweden has been that we’re not a prioritized market so there aren’t enough cars to buy. We’ll see what happens in two months when the first TM3 are delivered here.

Not really… the incentives are friendlier now toward PHEVs than BEVs compared to what they were before the tax change in mid 2018. The big reason for the PHEVs dropping is the new testing cycle, WLTP, that changed the emission value for the PHEVs dramatically and also made many manufacturers to drop their sales until they have an updated version.

Sweden is still a long country with high speed on the highways, cold climate, towing and lots of business trips which is important considering that there are mostly companies bying new cars.

It is also Volvo-land (and VW-land with the Passat, Golf and Tiguan being super popular), so until Volvo (and VW) starts to produce BEVs en masse there will probably be a PHEV dominance.

Top 11 in 2018 with total market share (top 11, because number 10 is a commercial transportation vehicle)

1 VOLVO S/V90 (6,88%)
2 VW GOLF (4,83%)
3 VOLVO S/V60 (4,64%)
4 VW PASSAT (3,86%)
5 VOLVO XC60 (3,76%)
6 VW TIGUAN (2,78%)
7 VOLVO V40N (2,02%)
8 NISSAN QASHQAI (1,79%)
9 VOLVO XC40 (1,75%)
10 FIAT DUCATO (1,68%)
11 KIA NIRO (1,53%)

In total over a third of the market (35,52%).