12% Of New Cars Sold In Sweden In February 2019 Were Plug-Ins

MAR 8 2019 BY MARK KANE 11

It will only go up when the next-generation PHEVs hit the showrooms

Sweden noted two-digit market share of plug-in electric cars for six consecutive months. In February, sales amounted to 2,781, which is 52% more than a year ago.

Market share stands at 12%, which is partially thanks to the shrinking overall market volume by 15%. EV Sales Blog says that it’s a common phenomenon for many countries that once plug-ins reach a certain share, they grow further, while the overall market starts to decrease. Well, it could be the result of many factors – especially the diesel downfall by more than a third.

Plug-in electric car sales in Sweden – February 2019

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV remains top selling model in Sweden with 496 new registrations, followed by Kia Niro PHEV (324).

Source: EV Sales Blog

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These are a smarter people, politically, economically and ethically.
They are the leaders in the world.

They aren’t at all. They’re weird, miserable people who constantly have naked saunas with each other. I went there on holiday once and it was rubbish.

My two trips to Sweden were delightful. The country is 10 to 20 years ahead of us.

I would say despite the often quoted 1% of all vehicles in the worldwide fleet, now at 2% btw, as proof that evs are insignificant, that the developing world should be excluded from the mix as there the numbers are actually inconsequential, at least for now. The ev revolution is a top down phenomena, so it should mainly be tracked that way. Then the pace of change doesn’t look glacial at all, it looks more like the trajectory of a rocket, straight up, though the low level of ev adoption in the developing world drags the curve down and flattens it. Since evs are relatively expensive and poor countries have little income per capita most people there simply can’t afford them. In addition no charging networks, or little access to electricity for charging their vehicles, makes the prospect for rapid change in those countries rather dim. I think it’s the bigger problem in the long run for getting the most ev in the hands of the most people. In richer countries, with reasonable political leadership, the transition to a large share of the total vehicle fleet in said countries, 50% +, comprised of plug in vehicles will be relatively quick,… Read more »

First of all, the PEV share in most of “rich” Europe is barely above the global share; while in relatively poor China, it’s way above most of Europe and North America. This is not a matter of economics, but rather of political will. TCO of EVs is already similar to comparable combustion cars, and often better with some incentives. (Note that incentives do not equate to giving away state money — they are about shifting the balance between combustion cars and EVs, and can be implemented in a revenue-neutral way, if the political will is there.)

Also, in poor regions, the vast majority of people can’t effort *any* new cars. Vehicle penetration tends to be generally much lower (thus they don’t affect the global shares all that much); and the vehicles that do exist, are mostly imported used from wealthier regions. That’s not different for EVs: in some East European countries for example the number of EVs imported used is several times larger than new EV registrations.

Last but not least, as the economics of EVs keep improving, they improve *everywhere* — meaning pretty soon less wealthy people won’t be able to afford *not* choosing an EV…

A solar-powered EV in remote African regions with no access to the grid or gasoline is an attractive proposition. With the rapid evolution of batteries, by some calculations, an EV will have a 10x lower life cycle cost than an ICE car around 2025, meaning individuals in poorer countries will not be able to afford an ICE.

We gotta get the USA up to double-digit EV adoption. Hopefully the $35K Tesla Model 3 and lots more new EV models hitting the market will move us closer. We are approaching a tipping point as more & more people become more familiar with and appreciate EVs.

Absent from the list:

Indeed! The EV market share would be higher if all brands were available, and production rate of available brands was higher. Supply is lower than demand in Sweden

Also missing from the table is the former #1: VW Passat GTE. Also Golf GTE is missing.
The new GTE models will only be available again in the summer. Then propably also Tesla Model 3 will be inte list.

Next year, the list will be very different with many new models andthe sales will propably double buy then

I attribute the falling market to people who realise that their next car should be electric but they are waiting for a wider choice or more compelling price point.