Nearly 14,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Were Sold In Nordic Countries In Q1’2016

MAY 12 2016 BY MARK KANE 12

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

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

CLEVER charging point in Denmark

CLEVER charging point in Denmark

A record 13,896 plug-in electric car sales were recorded in Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden) during Q1’2016 according to Insero.

Most of those sales are of pure electric cars – 7,541 compared to 6,355 plug-in hybrids, despite colder temperate on average that would normally favor the plug-in hybrid platform.

Søren Bernt Lindegaard, consultant at Insero said:

“The market for EVs is still in its infancy. It takes some getting used to switch from gasoline to electricity, and at the same time the range of new EVs remain limited, providing excellent conditions for PHEVs as a transitional technology.

In the first quarter of 2016, PHEVs accounted for 45.7% of the total sales of battery-powered vehicles in the Nordic countries, and we expect a significant increase in the coming years – until the market for EVs has matured sufficiently”.

The largest player in Nordic countries is of course Norway with nearly 11,000 registrations, but Finland also achieved its best quarter as well.

On the other hand, lowered tax incentives for EVs in Denmark stalled market.

“Where Norway, Finland and partly Sweden has experienced an increase in sales, the introduction of taxes on electric cars has stalled the Danish market – even despite the fact that sales of PHEVs are keeping pace with previous quarters.

“The gradual introduction of EVs into the normal tax system in Denmark has – as expected – had a significant impact on sales. Where we saw 1,185 new battery-powered vehicles on average per quarter in 2015, we have only seen 242 new vehicles on the roads so far in 2016”, explains Søren Bernt Lindegaard.

A gradual introduction means that new EV buyers will be charged 20% of the registration tax in 2016, followed by 40%, 65% and 90% in the subsequent years. In 2020, it is expected that the tax will be fully implemented.

“Besides falling behind the other Nordic countries in terms of an EV rollout, the stagnant sales of EVs in Denmark also makes Denmark less capable of exploiting the large amount of renewable energy produced from e.g. wind turbines. EVs are ideal for the purpose, but it requires better framework conditions to exploit the full potential”, says Søren Bernt Lindegaard.

Norway remains in the driver’s seat

With sales surpassing 10.000 battery-powered cars and representing one third of all sold cars in Norway during the quarter, the Norwegian advancement on the EV and PHEV market has continued at undeterred pace in the first months of 2016.

“Norway shows how quickly public opinion can be influenced through a determined effort by politicians. Critics will argue that the success of EVs in Norway is a matter of unfair subsidies, and economy is certainly an important factor. However, it does not explain the large sale of PHEVs, which does not share the same benefits as the EVs. Insero expects the strong growth to continue on the Norwegian market”, explains Søren Bernt Lindegaard.

Likewise, Finland has experienced an impressive beginning to 2016 with 390 sold electric vehicles – their best quarter to date.

source: Insero

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Every time i see a Zoe on inside evs, i think about how much cooler it looks than my Nissan Leaf. I can’t be the only one. The Leaf is overkill for me. I don’t need 5 seats and 4 doors. I could make do with a much smaller sporty looking electric car. I wish we weren’t all about more, more, more and bigger, bigger, bigger in the United States. Id love an electric Miata, electric Mini Cooper, or even a Zoe. Sometimes its not about how big something is but how much fun it is to drive. I’ve never driven a Zoe, so maybe it isn’t as sporty as it looks. But it sure looks better than my Leaf. I wish the Fiat 500e was available in more than one state too.

I have a Zoe, it has 5 seats and 4 doors 😉 But you are right, bigger is not always better.


More articles NOT about all things Tesla! 😉

When every news outlet is pumping out stories about Tesla constantly it a bit hard to just ignore that.
I would imagine there are 10 times as many stories on Tesla a week than all other ev stories combined. And that has been the case for the last couple years.

Tesla makes a lot of news. Not all good (recalls, summon crash, manufacturing problems, etc.).

I think there would be more articles about other companies if they did more and promoted more. But they largely seem content with compliance cars or PHEVs (usually with too little battery).

As a zoe driver i can asure you it is fun to drive, toqruey, not too sporty but very confortable and it still has 4 doors and 5 seats. 44kw fv, 22kwh battery, 150km real world in summer, 100km in the swiss winter. I drove 30’000km during the first year of ownership. Very nice car!

Iceland is also a Nordic country.

I am driving a ZOE : nearly 40.000 kms, very nice. During holidays in italy, i have hired a Fiat 500 découvrable
very nice car too, but an ICE car.
The Fiat boss has not understood that if this car was electric and sold all over the world, it would be on the top position ahead of Renault and Nissan. What a pitty. Maybe in the US you can have it. Is it a good car ?

Being a Dane it is so sad to see our greedy tax system destroy the movement towards sustainable transport while our neighbours are leaving us behind in the carbondioxide dust. By 2020 an Electric car will have 150 % registration tax and 25 % VAT meaning the 35000 USD Tesla model 3 will cost more than 84000 USD. Shame on you danish polititians 🙁

With higher numbers in those Nordic countries it seems we can put to rest the often used criticism that so many evs would overload the grid.

The rest of the world would be wise to emulate the Nordic countries with a lot of their policies. They always rank high in various country ratings (health, happiness, wealth, etc.)