Almost 50% Of Passenger Cars Sold In Norway In 2018 Plugged In

JAN 2 2019 BY MARK KANE 35

Despite a weaker December, Norway raised the bar once again

Norway closed the year 2018 with 7,171 new passenger plug-in electric cars (down 10.7% year-over-year), but as the overall market also shrunk, the market share remained high at 57.5%.

Overall, it was a pretty good year as plug-ins took 49.1% of the total new registrations (72,638up 17% compared to 2017)!

The reason behind the weaker December is a significant drop in plug-in hybrid car sales:

  • BEVs: 5,140 (up 16.2%, 41.2% market share) + 574 ‘used’ + 203 vans (196 new and 7 used) + 7 FCV
  • PHEVs: 2,031 (down 43.7%, 16.3% market share)

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – December 2018

Here are stats for the year 2018:

  • BEVs: 46,092 (up 40%, 31.2% market share) + 11,899 ‘used’ + 1753 vans (1,603 new and 150 used) + 51 FCV (down by 4)
  • PHEVs: 26,546 (down 9%, 17.9% market share)

Besides 49.1% market share for plug-ins – highest in the world – Norway is also the only country where an all-electric car is the best selling one. We are talking about the Nissan LEAF, which with 12,303 was #1 (8.3% of total volume), far ahead of Volkswagen Golf (three versions: BEV, PHEV and ICE). It’s a great success for EVs and for the LEAF, which in Norway didn’t disappoint expectations.

Most of the 9,859 Golf’s sales are e-Golf, and in the next two places we see premium cars – BMW i3 (5,687) and Tesla Model X (4,981), which complement the unusual top four. Model X, by the way, seems to be the top selling plug-in for the month of December (1,037), but didn’t repeat with the 1,429 record from 2017.

New passenger car registrations in Norway, Top 20 models YTD

Source: Opplysningsrådet for Veitrafikken AS (OFV AS)

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Heia Norge!

In 2019 with Tesla Model 3, Kia e-Niro, Audi e-Tron, Mercedes EQC, Leaf 60 kWh and a flood of new models towards the end of the year (Volkswagen ID, Porsche Taycan, Opel Corsa, Peugeot 208, Volvo XC40, new Renault Zoe, Kia Soul, DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, Skoda e-Citigo and I am probably missing some) share could go as high as 60% for EV only, for the whole year. And probaly 80% for 2020.

The end of sales for ICE cars in 2025 (so PHEV still allowed) seems incredibly lazy. It should become: from 2022 only 100% electric cars will be sold in Norway.

What do you mean by “so PHEV still allowed”? End of ice cars mean that no PHEV with ICE will be sold. A fuel cell PHEV would still be allowed though.

“It should become: from 2022 only 100% electric cars will be sold in Norway.”
The rest of the world would probably like some electric cars too…
It really would not surprise me if the worlds auto makers are still production constrained in 2022 and on due to battery supply…

I wonder why they couldn’t do it already by 2020, or this year? If you want an ICE you have to get a used one.

“The end of sales for ICE cars in 2025 (so PHEV still allowed) seems incredibly lazy. It should become: from 2022 only 100% electric cars will be sold in Norway.”

A good wish, but will not happen. Even with the cars on the horizon, there will still be people preferring the sound of an engine, that lives in Finnmark with almost no fast chargers and a wast territory and extreme cold and it’s also unlikely that there are low cost 4 wheel drive that can pull significant load.

But that being said, I hope your wish comes true.

It really got to suck to be a dealer without an EV in their line up. This is clearly heading in one direction.

2019 may be a very interesting year.
In richer areas fuel sales have started to drop now. When cheaper EVs arrive, and people have time to change their car – we’ll see a significant drop. I think 2019-2022 fuel sales graph will be interesting to see.

We know e-Tron and Model 3 will have good sales. Only price will be the reducing factor. Leaf will continue on as usual. The new Renault Zoe will be interesting to see. Should offer new even more compact and integrated drive unit. DS3 have showed good pre order numbers. Pre orders alone will make this the most sold DS model for sure.
KIA and Kyundai have sold out all the cars for the next 2 years. Unless they increase production.
Skoda e-citygo will be cheap and offer very good value. Porsche have record pre orders. VW ID looks like very good value for money, and they will have high volume production. The Opel/Peugeot and Volvo.. time will tell.

If this is how it looked like this year, how is next year going to look like!!!?? With the Tesla model 3, Kia E niro and Hyundai Kona it’s going to be huge. I think all of those is going to outsell the leaf in 2019 (or maybe leaf 60 kWh van save Nissan) as long as they can keep up production.

I think Tesla may outsell the Leaf, but I would almost bet money on low production volumes for KIA and Hyundai. I think I read people had to wait 2 years if they pre ordered the KIA/Hyundai now. Hope I’m wrong though.
Tesla Model 3 sales numbers will depend a lot on how quick they will start to sell cheaper models.

The Audi e-tron will for sure also sell many cars, but it is a fairly expensive car. Leaf is probably the only cheap alternative that can deliver in numbers (they seem to have production capasity).

Do Not Read Between The Lines

PHEV sales down and lots of people waiting for their BEV.
As CleanTechnica noted in November, there were $44.7M in reservations for EVs.

I can’t believe most European countries pay about a 50% tax on gasoline / diesel. I don’t know how much electricity is but paying $7 -$8 a gallon for fuel would have Americans trying to build there own electric car if they couldn’t buy one.
I couldn’t figure out how we get gas so much cheaper than Europe but the tax is a lot less and apparently the US subsidizes the oil companies which gets the price of gasoline between $0.90 -$2.00 a gallon.
How crazy is that you give the oil companies a subside to lower the price of a gallon of gas which the taxpayer pays for, then you tax the consumer for buying the gas.
It sounds like were being taxed before and after we buy gasoline. So maybe in reality were actually being taxed at 50% for gasoline just like Europe.

Once the EV adoption reaches high levels, they will be taxed at similar rates. It will be a gradual phase in, but it will happen. The tax is not used to buy gasoline, it is used to maintain and improve infrastructure (something that we don’t do properly in US).

What I’m trying to say is Congress gives billions to oil companies as subsides which lowers the price of gasoline by $0.90 -$2.00 a gallon. As a taxpayer were paying for the subside in a tax.
We then buy the gasoline and are taxed to fuel the vehicle and this tax is suppose to go to infrastructure.
However because of the subside we think were paying $0.90 – $2.00 a gallon less for gasoline, when in fact Congress already took that money out of your Federal Income Tax.

So, in other words; Even the BEV drivers pay income tax to keep fuel prizes low at the pump..
IT doesent help the transition..!

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Much of the taxes are actually usually as general revenue. So I don’t anticipate EV taxes to be anywhere near current fuel taxes.

Once you figure in the increased cost of health insurance and Gulf wars and military spending to support that we would probably be happy to only have a 50% tax on gas…

I agree that’s just more reason to have a carbon tax so we get off the fossil fuels sooner rather than later

Interestingly, Norway’s main industry happens to be petroleum; 57% of its exports are “mineral fuels”, which is higher than in Russia (48%). Which means, methinks, that gasoline taxes may be even higher than 50%.

Also, Norway – from what I remember – levies a 50% tax on new ICE cars, which brings the price of the gas CH-R to $47K. Electrified vehicles are either exempt, or carry lower tax burden.

Something makes me think that there are probably other taxes as well that do not affect EV’s and hybrids in the same way as they do ICE cars. From what I remember, while in Norway (Bergen and Stavanger), a “family van” or a pickup truck or a large SUV were a rare scene,

A good question for Norwegian money people to ask themselves would be, “Where do we get the cash to fill the holes in the budget, left by higher and higher ratio untaxed vehicles.

There selling a lot of oil, not using it and taxes on gasoline are used for infrastructure and education. Plus hydro produces there electricity.

Doesn’t that still make them part of the problem of climate change for selling the stuff in the first place?? Isn’t the guy cooking meth in his bath tub just as guilty as the guy buying it and using it? If not, why do we bother going after all these illegal drug manufacturers and distributors?? I don’t think Norway gets a pass just because the people in their country take petrodollars and buy electric cars.

Well ICE aren’t going to go away tomorrow and Norway is also using oil money to prepare for a no oil future. Building wind farms a major manufacturer of solar cells. Working with Denmark, Sweden, Great Britain and Germany building transmission lines to export or import renewable energy.
What does Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, have to show for all the oil wealth they had. Palaces, yachts and luxury cars and wars with anyone and everyone. Seems like everyone hates there neighbors in the Mideast. If only China, Russia and the US would agree not to sell them weapons they would have to do battle like they did in the 6th century,and the world would be safer.

“Well ICE aren’t going to go away tomorrow and Norway is also using oil money to prepare for a no oil future.”

No they won’t go away tomorrow because countries like Norway keep selling affordable oil to the world. It’s neat that their preparing for the future, but they are still part of the problem.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

Norway is building an electricity services and export industry.
In addition, Norway takes a lot of the revenue from oil and gas into its very large “pension fund” and invests it.
A country like Norway with superabundant hydro, growing wind power, and increasing HVDC interconnections is going to do OK in a renewable, electrified future.

Our government are aware of the economics at play
Still, veichle tax outpaces ev subsidies by a lot.. but IT will not last when ev sale continue to rise
A good start could be to kill all fossil Linked subsidies?
And may be introduce some kind of carbon tax?
Benefits of only evs on the road is far less costly healt issues, especialy in cities
Burning fossil fuels contribute to see level rise, flooding, drought, storms and so one; what would fuel prizes be to cover all this?

I’m not sure how you get those numbers.

But oil and gas is 21% of Norways income. 43% of our export is oil and gas according to our oil and gass industry.
From our national statistics agency it seems they calculate around 49% being oil and gass related for our exports. That includes ship and rig building etc.

Taxation on vehicles is in a number of ways.
– One time tax when registering a car in the country for the first time. EVs are exempt. This tax is calculated on the basis of the cars weight, CO2 and NOx emission + the engines volume in liter.
– VAT , 25%. EVs exempt.
– Yearly road tax is 2820nok per year, EVs are 455 nok per year
– Toll roads and ferrysa. EVs are exempt or pay 50% of ICE.
– EVs do pay tax on fuel as all electricity has a tax in Norway. That is 0,1658 nok per kWh.

An interesting note. The Norwegian Oil Industry does NOT Pay tax on their electricity consumtion producing fossil fuels.

They used to make their own electricity on the oil riggs (used the gas they produce for example), and the installation of normal electricity was really expensive. Got to save money somewhere, so they get an incentive to make the investment.

Familiy vans are common (cars like VW Transporter/Caravelle, Ford Transit, Fiat Ducato, Renault Trafic/Opel/Nissan).. they are still expensive though. A 10 year old (fairly well maintained VW Transporter cost about the same in Norway as a new BMW 3 series (cheap version) ! ). A new VW Caravelle may easily cost $ 100.000 . . and that is a lot for a panel van with seats. Weight and engine size (consumption) makes these expensive for what you get).
Pick-up trucks are not that common because it it not practical to get the stuff you carry wet, full of snow/ICE. People can easily steal your stuff too. A panel van with a hitch is more practical.
To buy a huge pick-up truck, SUV (or any other huge car) would be the same as to commit economical suicide. You would have to give an arm and a leg to buy it, and would have to sell your ass to pay for fuel.

People are waiting for electric vans with some kind of OK range. It will dominate the market.

Germany in December 2018:
1 liter of gasoline was average 1.49Euro.

gasoline cost: 36ct/liter
distribution cost: 21ct/liter
taxes: 89ct/liter

In Europe there is no subsides going to the oil companies. They’re on their own. Fuel is taxed heavily to reduce consumption, and to let the polluter pay. It is also an easy way go get extra money for infrastructure. Expensive fuel = fuel efficient cars, and people eager to buy PHEVs/BEVs. Fuel for farmers and fishing is normally tax free, or have a reduced tax level. The same goes for owners of excavators and other heavy equipment (but not trucks). In Norway, the tax level of cars and fuel have also been used to pay for bus/train/trams/subway construction, and to make tickets cheaper. Some is also used for hospitals and other governmental expenses like equcation and so on . The last few years have seen an increase in the money used on roads, and to modernize/upgrade them so the traffic can flow faster. Norway have (or at least used to have) highway standard that lagged Denmark and Sweden . . yeah.. basically most of Europe. When I was younger I worked at a gas station after school, and a truck driver from Germany can into the station to ask for directions (before sat nav was very common in trucks),… Read more »

It is not 50% tax but over 100% tax on gasoline/diesel, but that is pretty fair and it should probably be higher.

It would not be hard for the average US citizen if you gradually increased to 100% tax on gasoline/diesel, you just drive less and get a more fuel efficient car. Most trips with a car that a US citizen makes are unnecessary. And when rednecks can afford to drive around in rolling coal 2 ton+ trucks just because they are fat and lazy then you know you have a problem (with a fairly simple solution, assuming the people would want to change….).

Your right my mistake. 100% tax on fuel in Europe. I would think every European would want to switch to EV’s. I’m guessing they do it’s just the EV’s aren’t available yet. Even if there more costly the savings in Europe are huge compared to the US.
Also Venezuela sells gasoline for 0.04 cents a gallon. I don’t know how much bottled water is in Venezuela but I think gasoline is probably cheaper.

I loved the picture of a UK Registered car at the top for an article about Norway!
Still, the location looks pretty nice.

Great news, I hope all sales for all brands went up significantly. Once people realize they only need a car that goes twice their daily commute (extra charge for Heat, AC, or extra errands), and not a 450 mile experimental beast, sales will really increase. Gas cars you need that range to minimize trips to the dangerous filling stations. With EVs you charge at home every night, only takes a few seconds, and wahlah your ready to go the next morning.