New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – March 2017

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – March 2017

March didn't bring any sales break-thoughs in Norway, as growth year-over-year stood at just 0.7%.

However can we really say that sales have stalled, when 4,465 new passenger plug-ins were registered in the month, which translates to a monstrous 34.8% market share - the second highest ever?  We think not.

Passenger plug-in registration breakdown:

  • BEVs (2,831 – up 9.2 percent and 21.2 percent market share) + 574 used and 112 vans (102 new and 10 used)
  • PHEVs (1,834 – down 10.2 percent and 13.7 percent market share)
  • FCVs (3)
Interesting for March is the dwindling of plug-in hybrid adoption for the first time since at least two years.  Perhaps the sales-to-incentive equilibrium (that came late for PHEVs) has now been found.

We do not have full statistics, but even early highlights shows that several BEVs drove the market up:

Nissan LEAF is so far this year is the fifth most popular new passenger car with 1,259 registrations, including stunning 499 in March.

Tesla Model X shines with 446 registrations in March (727 total), far ahead of the Model S (297 and 481 respectively).

BMW i3 still finds a large customer base after increasing battery capacity to 33 kWh - 394 last month and 1,513 YTD. Enough to be the #2 best selling car (petrol or not) year-to-date, behind only the Volkswagen Golf (2,002 combined ICE, BEV and PHEV).

Renault ZOE also is not idle with 322 new registrations for the month and 841 for the year (#10).

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – March 2017

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – March 2017