EV Market Share In Norway Now Over 30%, BMW i3 2nd Best Selling Car Overall

NOV 4 2016 BY MARK KANE 34

The star of the Norway plug-in car market in October was the BMW i3, which for the second month in a row exceeded the mark of 500 sales

Not only that, but the 503 new registrations last month was the second best result among all passenger cars, with a 4.2% market share all on its own!

BMW i3

BMW i3

Moral of the story?  It’s rewarding to increase the capacity of the batteries.

Overall, the plug-in market in Norway further expanded by 21% to 3,622 – bringing the overall plug-in market share is a amazing 30.4% market share…meaning that 3 out of 10 new cars sold in Norway are plug-ins.

Sales breakdown:

  • BEVs (1,857 – down 9.2%) + 486 used and 66 vans (56 new and 10 used)
  • FCVs (4 vs. 0 year ago)
  • PHEVs (1,765 – up 86.8%)

Some other models mentioned in the official registrations data:

  • Nissan LEAF – 321
  • Renault ZOE – 161
  • Tesla Model X – 84
  • Tesla Model S – 39
BMW i3 registrations in Norway – October 2016

BMW i3 registrations in Norway – October 2016

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

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

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

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

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34 Comments on "EV Market Share In Norway Now Over 30%, BMW i3 2nd Best Selling Car Overall"

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If the i3 is that popular, I could only imagine how an Ampera-e would sell.

Nope, Ampera-E will be much more expensive. Price already leaked, over 330000 NOK in limited numbers and i3 starts at 267000 NOK.

Do you have a link for the price leak?

A $3k price premium over the US price is about half of what I thought it was going to be.

Still be bigger and goes farther than i3.

Badge could be a problem but KIA Soul sells well so….

No, not “over” 330. It’s stipulated at maximum 330. If the price goes above that next year the contract can be terminated.
I know the details as I have a contract.
More than twice the range is worth every penny.

267000 Norwegian Krone equals
32675.461 United States Dollar

The i3 is 10k more in the US 🙁

330000 Norwegian Krone equals
40385.402 United States Dollar

The Ampre is roughly only 3k more which is probably cheap after shipping…

Silly comparison.

Firstly, it’s false that the price is over 330k. What has been said is that it is UNDER 330k for the PREMIER version.

The base price i3 doesn’t have fast charging, it has so little equipment hardly anyone will buy it. A fully loaded i3 has some more equipment than an Ampera-e, the list price difference will probably be around 10k more for the Ampera-e when comparing fully equipped cars with winter tires.

330.000 NOK is not the base price as I understand. May be the max loaded price. But yet no one know. I am more concerned about if there are enough cars for the norwegian marked. You’re are also rumors that it is sold out for 2017.

Even though Opel Norway doesn’t take reservations at its website, and only some dealerships do? Seems a bit fishy if you ask me.

A link to the official registrations data in the article would have been nice.

You can find the registrations report here (in Norwegian):


A carbonfiber car in a place like Noeway has got to be a plus…

Why? Metals can be recycled. Carbon fiber is generally just burned.

I’m guessing you went for the environmental aspect of it? Or what other reason do you have.

The non rusting body and floorboards on salted roads assuming they do the same as the US for snow…

Good point, did not think of that. The snow has just come here so I’m not thinking in full winter mode yet 😛

Rust is actually my main worry with my reservation of the Model 3. A new manufacturer from sunny California might miss some things in winter proofing the car.
But if you can make rockets going to Mars then you should be able to do a car that don’t rust and excels in Nordic winters.

However, even if the carbon fibers aren’t from renewable sourced plant material, they are readily recyclable. BMW’s factories can separate the resins from the fibers, with no damage to the fibers, allowing them to be reused in manufacturing new components.

Has the tax structure changed in the last couple of years? Two years ago almost no PHEVs and only BEVs, now PHEVs have taken over the lead in sales. I think this is showing that most people still prefer gassers, but I suspect that the tax structure makes PHEVs cheaper.

The tax structure has made PHEVs cheaper than before. Then PHEVs were the most expensive vehicles since it got punished on weight, emission and engine power.

BEVs are still a lot cheaper than PHEVs but now PHEVs are cheaper than a pure ICE version.

As if now there are still a tone of low range cars. While Norway has a extreamly cold temperature. But once the 200 and 300 mass marketed electric cars come out it will fix things.

Extemely cold? We are not talking about Sibiria or the North Pole 😛

In the most populated areas it’s rarely below -10 and at an average of -4 in the coldest month.

That is barely enough to even get your winter clothes out.

Well done Norway. Too bad we have corrupt politicians or retarded monkeys running Australia.

I just added a second BEV 2014 BMW i3 CPO to my garage, and I’m not even Norwegian…what a deal!

The i3 is showing to other car makers what will happen when they put a bigger battery on their models. It was weird that the 30kWh Leaf didn’t get the push in sales was reasonable to see, but with the i3 things are coming more logic. The new around 60kWh models will blow up the market.

I bet by the end of 2017 we will see the share of plug-in cars achieving more than 2% all over the main markets.

Yeah, the bigger battery is really a plus. I wonder what the Zoe will do with the 41kWh battery & the battery buy option in Norway and the rest of Europe. We are certainly having our battery swapped for the bigger one in our 2013 Zoe if the price is indeed some EUR 3500.

If they do offer a upgrade form 24 kilowatts to 41 kilowatts for a older Nissan Leaf for under $4000. That might be tempting for a lot of people along myself if ever get a older low range EV.

I live in Oslo, lambertseter and I count 1 ev for every 7 cars, not included taxi’s, vans etc.

Yea, it depends on where you are living. In Bay Area it seems to be a lot of Tesla cars and other EV cars, in centre Arkansas I think it would be difficult to see a single Ev car.
For now, a 30% market share it’s wonderful but with some 2,5 million cars in Norway roads, the some what 125.000 EV cars (including Hybrid plug-ins), it’s only 5% of total cars on the roads. There is still a lot work to do in Norway, but you are showing the right path to the rest of the world.

This must be the smartest country in the world.

Increasing taxes of things thing you want less off, and use that money to decrease taxes on things you want more off, is not the dumbest thing to do.

Lot of state things in Norway are financed by selling crude oil…

The irony is that the 2017 i3 is completely uncompetitive, being soundly beaten on both price and range by the Zoe (and in ten days or so, presumably also the Leaf, which is expected at the LA show mid-November) and completely trounced by the Ampera-e on range (which also matches or surpasses the i3 on performance). Basically, nobody should be buying this i3, and yet it seems a lot of people do. Even though it is well known BMW can put its badge on any crap and sell it successfully, I am surprised it’s been able to go nearly to the top of the overall sales list.

The BMW i3 is a complete different level of interior build quality.

November looks again to be a huge month for the i3.