More Than 45,500 EVs Sold Last Year In Norway, Tesla Model X Leads December Results

JAN 17 2017 BY MARK KANE 16

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

With more than 3,600 new plug-in electric car registrations in December, Norway sealed its position as largest plug-in market in Europe.

December brings more than 28% worth of growth in new passenger EVs, and a market share of over 26%.

Passenger registration breakdown:

  • BEVs (2,316 – up 17.1%) + 361 used and 69 vans (61 new and 8 used)
  • FCVs (3)
  • PHEVs (1,280 – up 56%)

The Tesla Model X was the top player in December with 425 new registrations!

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

In total, in 2016 Norway add more than 45,500 plug-ins (one third more than year ago), while the average market share for passenger plug-ins ended the year at a record high 29%.

All-electric car sales (both passenger and vans) decreased a little bit, but it’s expected to grow again now the locals have had the ability to buy plug-in hybrids with the stronger incentives applied:

  • BEV (24,222 – down 6%) + 5281 used
  • PHEV (20,663 – up 159%)
  • BEV vans (645 down 9.4%)

The top selling models for the year (a;sp see full table below) were:

  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 5,136
  • Volkswagen e-Golf – 4,705
  • Volkswagen Golf GTE – 4,337
New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – December 2016 (source:

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – December 2016 (source:

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

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

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

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

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A small country could sell 45,000+ EVs and this is great. Hope they continue to repeat this in the coming years and even increase the sales.

This also means that we have passed 3% of all cars on the road being PEV’s (1 in every 33 cars).

– meaning you cannot drive anywhere in the country without seeing a *lot* of electric cars:-)

~140k PEVs out of ~2,6 million cars in the fleet makes it 5,3% PEVs on the roads in Norway.

One in every 19th car having a plug.

BEVs are close to 4% of total fleet.

Do you know what the average CO2 emissions are of a new vehicle in Norway was for 2016?

Yes, it was 93 g/km for 2016.

Slightly below 95 g/km that the EU (that Norway is not part of) has mandated for 2020/21.

Fantastic! Glad to see Norway hit that milestone. That is about half that of an Australian new car. If we could hit that level we could pretty much scratch off a third of our 2030 Paris emissions promise.


5% of the total fleet being pev sounds really great! Anyone bothered to calculate the reduction of gasoline consumption of Norway’s fleet?

Really everytime I see the word “Norway” in a headline a smile comes to my face.

It’s good to see that we are heading towards a better future.

When will model 3, Prius prime and bolt arrive in Norway? That will be the months with some 66% pev market share. Forget it… I call for 75%. Go Norway!

So far there is no reduction in gasoline use in the norwegian fleet, only less increase. But the point pf reduction starting should soon be here.

Prius Prime – March 2017 (dont expect any wonders from it. The Prius is not very popular in Norway (or rest of Europe).

Opel Ampera-E (Bolt) – June 2017

Model 3 – Mid/late 2018?

Crazy amazing! I wish it was at 30 percent here also.

This is just fantastic and it shows what is defiantly, absolutely, guaranteed, possible with today’s technology. There will be a lot of gnashing of teeth and complaining as we see emissions standards raised globally. We will all be told that there is simply no way that these targets could be met, the technology just isn’t ready. A few years ago you might struggle to have a come back on that one but now the answer is:

“how is country X different to Norway? and why would that change the % of EV’s that can enter the market?”

This is also an exciting result as I assume that the average emissions of a new car in Norway are pretty close to 95 g/CO2/km so what we are seeing is a smaller version of what the sales chart for the EU will look like in 2021. Exciting times.

Just add a massive tax on cars emissions, weight and motor power like in Norway and except EVs from that tax and you will see results.

Some ICEs are 100% more expensive to buy than their EV counterpart.

Imagine what will happen when EVs stop being crapy. The Bolt could probably get 20-30% of the market (total market, not EV market) alone if provided there now in unlimited numbers.

With the GM-Bolt, Renault-Zoe40, Nissan-Leaf II and Tesla model 3 all entering the market next year, the excuse to buy a ICE or PHEV becomes rather thin.
The 2017 figures should really be spectacular!

Yes, but these are all small cars, the typical car in Norway is a stationwagon or similar sized car with towing hook. (we also have one of the largest amount of trailers per citicent). When someone decides to put a bigger chassis and towing hook on the Bolt or zoe40 drivetrain they would probably outsell the rest.

You mean a SUV? 😛 With the Outlander, RAV4, Tiguan, CX-5, CX-3, XC60 and Qashqai being in the top 20 models sold.

Well, it won’t hurt with a car that can make Passat, Octavia and Superb buyers happy to go fully electric too. 🙂

Norway shows that when you price EVs the same as gas cars they sell like crazy! So the problem with EVs isn’t technical but financial. EVs are overpriced and needs to come down. It’s getting there but it’s slow.

Not the same. BEVs are a lot cheaper than the gas cars. Yet BEVs only have ~15% of sales.

The problem is partly financial but even more so techical, there are barely any BEVs out there that you could consider a proper car.