November 2016 was one of the all-time best months for plug-in electric vehicle sales in Norway. In total 4,292 new passenger car registrations (up 38.4%). Ans as the auto segment isn't 'that large' in Norway, those sales translate to a massive 32.5% market share!
The 'star of the month' goes to the BMW i3, which literally went through the roof, exceeding 1,000 sales in November - the result also represents 7.7% of total passenger car sales in Norway.
Put another way, 1 in every 13 vehicles sold in Norway last month...was an i3. Truly an incredible result.
More precisely, the BMW i3 had 1,014 new registrations (up +246%), which brings the total for the year up to 3,540. As the BMW just underwent a battery upgrade, this is the proof that consumers will buy more electric vehicles if only batteries enable longer and longer journeys.
This Fall, BMW increased the battery capacity in both its all-electric i3 and range extended i3 from 21.6 kWh to 33.2 kWh with only a minimal price bump. And in so doing increased the real-world EPA range of its BEV i3 from 130 km to 185 km (81 miles to 114 miles).
Just imagine the effect of exceeding 200 miles at similar price in a few more years time. Will there be any unbelievers left in Noway then at all?
- BEVs (2,564 – up 26%) + 502 used and 67 vans (59 new and 8 used)
- FCVs (3 vs. 0 year ago)
- PHEVs (1,730 – up 63%)
- Nissan LEAF – 238
- Tesla Model X – 122
- Renault ZOE – 100
- Tesla Model S – 48
BMW i3 registrations in Norway – November 2016
New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – November 2016