EV Sales Growth Returns To Norway In July, Thanks To PHEVs

AUG 2 2016 BY MARK KANE 15

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

After a very slight June slip, plug-in electric vehicle sales bounced right back in July.

A total 2,968 new all-electric and plug-in hybrid passenger cars were registered  during the month, which was a fairly strong 16.9% year-over-year increase – especially because we are talking about an automotive market that EVs hold a near 30% share of.

Most of sales, and all of the growth, is now via plug-in hybrids – 1,865 registrations were logged, which was a 140% gain.  As for all-electric vehicles, BEV sales dropped 37.5% to 1,103.

We should note that the above numbers do exclude 342 used imported passenger BEVs, as well as 38 all-electric vans (30 new and 8 used).

Interestingly, Tesla Model X registrations amounted to 23 in July, not much less than the 43 Model S noted.   On the good news side for Tesla in Norway, both models will shortly be seeing a volume surge, as Tesla focus primarily on domestic production in Q2 (and it takes some ~8 weeks for a Tesla EV to go from the company’s Fremont, California production facility to consumer’s hands in Europe)

Chart (below): BEV vs PHEV splite

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

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

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

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

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Yet more indication that pure ev alone cannot be sufficient. The sooner that fanboys accept that Phev are our friends and NOT our enemies, the faster we can promote ev adoption.

I know some Tesla owner/fan-boys and none of them say PHEVs are enemies. They are better than nothing, but are weak transitional compromises themselves, as they are a tradeoff between a lame gas car and a lame BEV with low range.

PHEVs are like the mixed-up platypus, an early mammal that still lays eggs. Detroit should get the courage to stop building lame egg-layers in about 10 years. 😉

Timid Detroit needs PHEVs to gradually get used to the shallow end of the pool, before they learn to swim well and dive into the scary shark waters of high tech where Tesla lives.

“I know some Tesla owner..”

Doubtful. Rarely that fanboy bs you are reiterating comes from actual owners.

Volt owners drive more EV miles than Leaf owners. And that was using the Gen1 Volt data, with a 38 mile AER. I’m guessing the results favor the Volt even more so with Gen 2’s 53 mile AER.

“Timid Detroit needs PHEVs to gradually get used to the shallow end of the pool, before they learn to swim well and dive into the scary shark waters of high tech where Tesla lives.”
You do realize that GM is selling an affordable 200 mile EV one year before Tesla, right?

Timid Detroit? I think the Germans build more weak PHEVs vs Detroit. Our Volt is a great no compromise car. I don’t see the i3 rex in the same category since it didn’t have the same design goals. It’s great what Tesla is doing, but I’m not going to spend that kind of coin on a car. We’ll buy a Bolt and give GM some respect for creating something with range and affordability too.

Don’t knock the platypus fanboy, it’s a venomous beaver with a non contact electromagnetic detection system that allows it to operate in zero visibility, it’s the navy seal of the underwater world.

Obviously PHEV’s are only a transitional compromise. But saying so apparently lands you in the fanboi bucket.

It shows there are so concerns with current crops of BEVs. (Bolt and Model 3 should change some of that).

So, until we have the ideal situation, we still need both PHEV and BEVs to promote EV growth.

Let us stop the infighting and focus on converting the other 99%!!!!


IMO, the Volt Drive Train, is an incredible (if not quite complex) piece of engineering, that is mostly misunderstood by ICE Fans, as much as it is misunderstood by BEV fans! The Volt car, on the otherhand, is but one body package that uses this quite advanced solution to limited access to EV Charging, or limited DC Fast Charging, and the drive train can be used in different vehicles and body types, by scaling Motor sizes, and engine sizes, but so far, only part of that has been reused in other vehicles, like the new Malibu Hybrid, which if GM was on board with the plug, would have gotten a bigger battery, and on board charging, and the plug, along with CCS, like the new Bolt EV, even if not the full 60 kWh of the Bolt EV! The Voltec drive could use larger motors, and maybe a 1.8 Litre gas engine, in a Colorado Pickup, and with 30-40 kWh, could give that kind of vehicle some 50-65 miles AER, or more! Blends of the tech in the Bolt EV (Battery, Motor, Charging, etc.), along with Tech from the Voltec Drive Train, could give GM much of what they need… Read more »

Agree, GM has a lot of potential, but many of us are still waiting since 1990 to drive a GM all-electric.

The Volt taught us one very important lesson, that we are ready to drive all-electric cars. It is amazing to see now people moving directly from a fossil car to an all-electric without needing training wheels.

Steam locomotives were also incredible (if not quite complex) pieces of engineering at one point. 😉

Why so many lines about Tesla and not a single word about the well doing of Renault-Nissan double hit Zoe and Leaf?


Because while some are trash-talking, others are doing.

We need them all, but some more than others 😉

The PHEV sales are going up because 2016 is a year where many companies have released their first PHEV’s, and they are cheaper than the same pure gasoline and diesel model. The sales of EV’s have gone down, because people are waiting for the new E-Golf , i3 and the new Bolt( Ampere-E in Norway), All with bigger batteries. There is no drama here, just people being smart. Why buy a Golf with 115 horses and 100 mile range now, when in 6 months you can take delivery of a 180 horsepower Golf with 180 miles range for almost the same money? that would be dumb. your 100 mile car, would loose 10 grand in value almost imediately.