Sales of plug-in electric cars in Norway went through the roof in March to a new all-time high.

In total, 8,034 passenger plug-ins were registered last month (up 72% year-over-year), at a record 55.8% market share.

We were expecting an excellent month from seeing preliminary registration data - especially for the new Nissan LEAF, but even we didn't see this result coming.

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – March 2018

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – March 2018

Here are the details:

  • BEVs 5,362 (+89%, 37% market share) + 831 ‘used’ + 168 vans (157 new and 11 used) + 4 FCV
  • PHEVs 2,672 (+46%, 19% market share)

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – March 2018

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – March 2018

The best selling car for the month and for the year just so happens to be the Nissan LEAF with 2,172 - up 335% year-over-year and nearly three times its previous record!

The new LEAF alone captured over 15% market share last month and nearly 9% after through the first three months of 2018!

Solid results come from Tesla too - 727 Model X and 676 Model S (despite some problems with deliveries), followed by 528 BMW i3 and 347 Renault ZOE. We don't yet have a full model list though.

New passenger car registrations in Norway – March 2018 (source: Opplysningsrådet for Veitrafikken AS (OFV AS))

New passenger car registrations in Norway – March 2018 (source: Opplysningsrådet for Veitrafikken AS (OFV AS))

Diesel car market share decreased to 16%, while gasoline fell to 20%.

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – March 2018

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – March 2018