New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – April 2016
Quickly growing plug-in hybrid sales in Norway reached in April record of 2,224, culminating its pursuit by overtaking all-electric car sales (1,991 new registrations).
It's an interesting switch, especially that year ago it seemed that BEVs would always be beyond reach, thanks to generous incentives.
EagleAID wonders now what it all might mean...and of course spins the rising tide of plug-in hybrids as a negative to all-electric vehicles like only EagleAID can:
"At a time when Norways previously bullish and expansionary electric car market veered off course after encountering sudden and previously unexpected turbulence, AID reports on possible reasons leading to this sudden squall of change.
Is this the beginning of a big change in Norways closely watched car buying pattern?
Has Norways much-heralded love affair with the electric car hit a bumpy patch even before the inevitable scaling down of presently unmatched sweetheart buyer and user incentives?
These are just some of the likely question that carmakers are probably asking themselves after digesting Norways intriguing April car sales figures.
Coming in the wake of March sales, which provided the first hint as to which way the wind is blowing, April was the first month that Norways closely observed electric cars were outsold by the latest generation of Plug-in hybrids.
This is a fast-budding sector presently dominated by Mitsubsihis Outlander PHEV and Volkswagens Golf GTE..."