In Norway, 18% Of New Car Registrations In January Were Electric Cars; VW e-Golf Shines

FEB 21 2015 BY MARK KANE 19

 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

Norway did it again! Raised the bar of electric car sales to the highest mark ever.

In January 2015, the number of registrations of all-electric cars reached the second-best result of 1,895 and 18% market share of new cars! This is over 72% more than a year earlier. With a few hundred plug-in hybrids (at least over 300) added to the mix, Norway is at over 21%! plug-in electric car market share.

Add to them the 266 electric cars imported from other countries and 38 new electric vans to get a total over 2,500 more plug-in cars of all kind added on the roads last month.

January was a special month in which Volkswagen finally managed to handle deliveries of the long-awaited e-Golfs with heat pumps (optional equipment).

A lot of deliveries launched e-Golf to a level unseen even for the Nissan LEAF – 879 registrations (LEAF’s record was 716), or 46.4% of all new passenger EVs registered that month and 66.9% of all Golfs. Golf is the best selling car in Norway, and now it turns out that most of them are electric!

Nissan LEAF sales were stable at 309 registrations, while the rest of the electric cars had problems exceeding 100 sales.

Volkswagen e-up! hit 171 registrations – 88% of all up!s

BMW i3 – 101, Mitsubishi i-MiEV – 98, Kia Soul EV – 92 (87% of all Kia Souls), Renault ZOE – 79, Tesla Model S – 71 and Peugeot iOn 60. Nissan e-NV200 had 33, while the new Mercedes B-Class ED moved its first 2 units.

That was on the all-electric side, while on plug-in hybrid side the king is just one – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 234 registrations or 72% of all Outlanders registered. There was 54 Audi A3 e-tron, 30 Volvo V60 Plug-in and 6 BMW i8s registered too.

We are not sure how long the e-Golf bump will last, but another arrival that we’re keep our eyes on is a large delivery of Tesla Model S Ds coming soon.

Number of registrations of new all-electric passenger cars in Norway – January 2015 (source:

Number of registrations of new all-electric passenger cars in Norway – January 2015 (source:

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Wikipedia says “As of December 2014, a total of 43,442 plug-in electric vehicles were registered in Norway, of which, almost 95% are all-electric vehicles.”

That means, 39097 all electric cars + 1895 in Jan’15 = 40992 all electric cars till Jan 2015. That leaves only 9000 more to reach the 50K limit for VAT exemption and other incentives.

Does anyone know if any plan to extend this? Norway must be losing tons of money, now that such a large percentage is electric cars. And they can’t sell their Northern sea gas anywhere else either.

“Controversies regarding the incentives include: high public subsidies as compared to the value of the reduced carbon footprint of electric vehicles; the potential traffic congestion in Oslo’s bus lanes due to the increasing number of electric cars; the loss of revenue for some ferry operators due to the large number of electric cars exempted from payment; and the shortage of parking spaces for owners of conventional cars due to preference to electric cars”

Wrong math! It’s 95% all electric. So, 95% of 43442 + 1895 = 41270+1895 = 43165.
That only leaves 6835 to reach 50K limit. At this rate, by May the limit will be hit.

Norway is not losing money. They are gaining a bit less from the added taxes of different kinds on ICE’s.

100% tax on 80% of the vehicles still brings in a load of money even if 20% gets a 20% cut 😉

And nothing will happen with the VAT exception after the 50k EV’s sold. There is nothing expiring or in need of a renewal. It’s an excemption written into the law

The bus lane incentive might disappear though in places where it’s an inconvenience for regular public transport.

Well, they are losing the toll charges and gas tax for sure. Ferry operators are losing their well deserved money to transport cars. Even some bus drivers are angry that it is causing congestion in bus lanes.
And huge misplaced incentives elsewhere is also causing some dealers to get cars from France (pocket 7000 euro rebate), then sell it in Norway at a discount.

They are not losing money on the gas tax and toll charges. They are gaining a bit less from those areas but the number they get into the government is still the same, it’s just a matter of where they take it from.

If they needed more money they could always have an air tax or a lusekofte-tax.

People of Norway knows what taxes are for and what good they do so it’s not hard to change the taxes or add new ones to get the money needed and wanted by the government.

Again, rom wikipedia (for those lasy to click):

These incentives are in effect until 2018 or until the 50,000 EV target is achieved.[4] As of September 2014, and at the rate of growth reached during 2014, the target of 50,000 EV registered could be met by early 2015.[23][27] As the end of the incentives approaches, no decision has been made by the authorities about the introduction of the 25% VAT on purchase of electric vehicles. Among the options being considered by the government is to introduce the tax in a step-wise fashion, 8% VAT beginning in 2016, to be increased to 12% in 2017 and 16% in 2018. Prime Minister Erna Solberg has assure the government will not make any changes about the EV benefits in the 2015 budget.[

The VAT incentive will not lose its effect after 50k sold or 2018. It’s a time for them to consider if they should do some changes to it.
If they do nothing then the VAT incentive will stay the same since it’s written into a law.

So it won’t expire and there is no need to extend it since it’s already the law.

– Several of the major cities are as of today not able to meet the EU standards for maximum pollution, mostly because of a high percenatge of cars sold being diesel’s.

By keeping the electric car purchase incentives, we *might* just avoid putting a ban on diesel’s in the large cities. Such a ban would be *way* more unpopular than supporting the sales of new, clean vehicles.

In one month Norway got 98 iMiev and 60 iOn (a rebadged iMiev), which is 75% as much iMiev as the USA sales in a year.

I thought the problem in the USA was that Mitsubishi was unable to supply iMiev. Is that correct? How come Norway can get them?

Where there are incentives, there are ways 🙂

While this is great news for EVangelists, unfortunately it doesn’t really mean that EVs are that competitive. It’s just a result of Norway’s high VAT (tax) on gas guzzlers plus a high subsidy for EVs.

It is correct that we do tax cars and petroleum products.

It is not correct that we subsidies EVs. Nobody get a krone from the state to buy a car.

The EVs just does not have the tax. Electricity is taxed.

If a country decides to electrify the entire fleet for whatever reason (fill in any reason here) then this is a huge success for EV’s. Yes, It will cost money, so what? Welfare also costs money. In fact, nothing’s for free. Unfair competition? Yeah right, tell that to the car dealer associations, you’ll get applause there 🙂 But really, if you want something as a government, you’ll need to invest. For me it seems a wiser investment then sending 500.000 troops to whatever oil rich country Haliburton wants to do business in. And heck, the Norwegians even have oil!

By the way, the competition is very fair. All manufacturers know that we are going toward zero emissions and have been going in that direction for the last 10-20 years.

How the manufacturers have chosen to prepare is another story.

The Norwegian National Transportation Authority has published a report where they analyse different ways of reaching the pollution levels we have committed to, and their cost to the society.

The conclusion was clear, the current policy is the cheapest way of achieving the target transportation pollution level!

The report also states that public health costs are not included in the calculations, and that including such effects *may* even make the tax exemptions economically profitable compared with total society costs of doing nothing!

ref: (Sorry, in norgwegian):

Referance to article (in norwegian), that refers to the same report:

Headline – EV’s doesn’t really cost us anything!

Yes, parts of the reasoning is that decreased domestic gas/diesel consumtion means less imports, and electric vehicles are in addition 3x more energy efficient than gas/diesel cars.
– We also have a huge electricity export that can be partly utilized at home instead – half of our electricity export could drive all of our cars.

These two factors combined really drives down the society’s cost of moving towards EV’s

Tesla sales in Norway seems little bit low. Does anyone know how long is the wait time of model S in Norway?

The first Ds are delivered these days. If you order today, delivery is May.