Tesla Model 3 Registrations In Norway Soar To 800 In February

MAR 8 2019 BY MARK KANE 29

Tesla Model 3 seems like it will be the best-selling electric model in the country.

In February, about 5,924 new passenger plug-in electric cars were registered in Norway, which is 33.2% more than a year ago, at a world-leading 53.3% market share! It was the best February ever.

The growth comes from the all-electric segment, which doubled year-over-year. On the other hand, the plug-in hybrids have been shrinking for eight consecutive months:

  • BEVs: 4,508 (up 105%, 40.6% market share) + 575 ‘used’ + 140 vans (132 new and 8 used) + 8 FCV
  • PHEVs: 1,416 (down 37.1%, 12.7% market share)

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – February 2019

The month of February was the first for volume deliveries of the Tesla Model 3. The month closed with 791 new registrations, which is second only to the Volkswagen Golf (all versions), which probably means that Model 3 is ahead of the Volkswagen e-Golf (we are waiting for the final numbers).

As the number of registrations in just the first days of March already is at around 700, we assume that the Model 3 soon will be the best-selling electric car (and best-selling car of any type) in Norway – maybe even for the full year 2019. In 2018, such an achievement was made by the Nissan LEAF.

Top 20 new passenger car registrations in Norway – February 2019

Source: Opplysningsrådet for Veitrafikken AS (OFV AS)

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I didnt expect that the norwegians are that stupid to buy VW, this cheaters

A true Tesla fan!

no sorry, just an opponent of criminal, power obsessed, ugly cars with poor quality and reliability

oh, so a tesla hater?

How the regulations were formed will naturally push any company into the same position. The regulators weren’t smart and never verified real world results and kept saying how companies could meet their requirements without great cost and inconvenience to consumers (which wasn’t true). Combined with competition this naturally pushed VW and others into the position they were in. Once they do a little test avoidance the regulators keep moving the increasingly difficult bar to reach, leading to more drastic measures. I am not saying VW was right, they were not, but the results are not unexpected.

I think what countries uncovered with this was that the entire ICE industry is up against a wall that can’t be gone around. Either way it is good that it is out and can focus on solutions that actually work. Personally, I will continue to buy the type of vehicle I want to see more commonplace from the manufacturer that makes the more interesting vehicle, VW or Tesla.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

VW was the one who decided to cheap out. Navistar did the same in the USA. Both failed. Navistar took the hit and shrunk by a third. VW cheated and broke the law to cover up their technical and business failure and if the ICCT hadn’t done their test (in which other diesel vehicles were OK) they might never have been caught.

Don’t blame the regulations. They’re just trying to reduce the poison from the tailpipe. It was the company that was fully to blame and thanks to their actions held up transportation policy, in Germany particularly, in the EU, and probably around the world.

Yes, it turns one stomach that someone would take the position that VW was simply a victim of circumstance. Revisionist history.

The one? EVERY manufacturer was blatantly cheating and circumventing the emissions rules. But diesels are not big in the US, and very few manufacturers brought their diesel cars to the US, so only VW was indicted there. But the 450 million inhabitants of Europe have no more reason to be annoyed with VW than any of the others. In fact, one could say, since VWs cheating diesels were still the cleanest on the market, and since VW was the only company getting slapped with billions of dollars in fines, that enlightened Europeans feel slightly more symptathy with VW than with the rest of the criminals. Most important of all, VW shows every sign that they really are changing their ways. It’s not like they are suddenly entirely benevolent, but nor is any other, including Tesla. The VW Euro6 diesels – the strictest standard in place before the scandal broke – emit on average 180% of the legal limit, when driven in the real world. But Fiat/Chrysler’s cars averaged 1400% of the limit. Renault emitted 1200% of the limit. If you care what’s true, which you should, if you want to see things improve in the future, you really should read… Read more »
Most cars in Norway seem to be from the VW group and Toyota. People tend to buy what they like/trust, and have experience with. The diesel problems was not that big of a deal here. The overall average pollution from VW cars is after all lower then several other brands. VW offers EVs people can afford, and is now able to cover demand for this vehicle type. First time ever without a waiting line og a year or so. The VW e-golf is very popular. Maybe Model 3 will sell more next month. Given the huge pre order numbers, they should. Unless people wait for the cheap version, a hitch or both. They need employees in Norway to process all the new Model 3’s. This year, and the next 2-3 will be very interesting to watch. A lot of EVs will be sold, and at the same time, a certain number of gassers will be recycled. With volume from Tesla, VW group, Renault and Nissan – and New entries from Peugeot, Mercedes and BMW, and of course KIA/Hyundai . . We will see a huge change. I think we’ll reach almost 60% this year (if production runs as planned), and… Read more »

“The overall average pollution from VW cars is after all lower then several other brands.”

In the real world – or within VWs “on paper” engineering projections?

Real world. Check out the average Norwegian (even before all the EVs of course) CO2 emissions for cars, compare it to the US for example.
Smaller cars, with smaller weaker fuel efficient engines use a lot less fuel. The expensive tax on emissions, engine size, and vehicle weight – paired with very expensive fuel, ensure most people buy an energy efficient vehicle.
(And removes a lot of fun. . So imagine when Tesla offered sports car accelleration, for half the price in many cases.. no wonder it was popular in Norway).

If you had meassured the average CO2 emissions from cars from the VW group (or most other European brands like Renault, Peugeot, FIAT and so on) it is lower then the US. Car brands that generally make larger or huge cars will have a lot higher CO2 emissions.

You mean 60% BEV this year, right? 60% for all plug-ins would be rather disappointing, with all the new models available now, considering that it was already ~50% last year…

In most parts of the world the VaporWare company is still selling a lot, but at a cost. Rumours are that rebates of 40% are possible in Germany.

meanwhile 1 week into march 745 model 3 sold already.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

March is going to be very interesting.
And Europe doesn’t have the SR.

Indeed 776 sold now in March almost as many as sold in February

770 models3 now 🙂


If Tesla was smart, they should build Gigafactory 5 in Norway. EV market share will be 99% and they can export the rest to Sweden, Denmark and Netherlands.

Then the NL would be the more obvious choice. Big port of Rotterdam nearby and they have already an assembly plant there. But the main advantage would be that they are in the eurozone. No currency risk and inside the single market.

March model 3 numbers are 745 as of today. Most likely to cross Feb sales by tomorrow or by Monday.

Currently only AWD and AWD performance variants are available. Over next months they will release LR and MR models based on demand. Elon mentioned on twitter that Model 3 SR and SR+ variants will be available in Europe in 6 months.

There is great chance of Model 3 becoming best selling car (EV or not) in Norway in 2019.

Model 3 will be the best selling car in Norway the VW golf and the Nissan leaf.
754 model 3 just this month.

761 now 🙂

Too early to tell. Some people have been waiting for the M3 for a long time . We will have to see what happens once the backlog has been fulfilled.

Good for Norway, and good for their environment as, though it doesn’t happen over night, air quality improvements, more due to a drop in diesels, in all probability, but fewer diesels and more evs have resulted in the cleanest air in decades, in Norway.

It’s a good testbed, all hope is not lost, yet, though things are very bad, at least in Norway, they are getting better. I should note that in less polluted areas people are smarter, happier, and more productive, and probably less angry.
That seems logical, of course, but it’s incontrovertibly true too.

Having cheap surplus juice from hydro doesn’t hurt either. I heard they had a draught last year and electricity prices were on the rise but this data is very encouraging.

The article you linked to is talking about the air quality in Oslo in 2017. By now there should have been additional improvement considering more than 50% of cars sold there are EVs.

That is pretty crazy! On sale for only a few weeks and it is already 5th best selling car.

Norway takeover by model3 on its way. Love Norway!!!