Nissan LEAF Is Best Selling Car In Norway Again In January!

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FEB 10 2014 BY MARK KANE 8

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Nissan LEAF in Norway

The Year of 2014 started in the best possible way for the LEAF in Norway.  The Japanese EV again is the leader!

Nissan sold 650 LEAFs in January gaining 5.7% market share and more than 50% market share among EVs.  Total new passenger cars with electric drive had 1,099 registrations in Norway in January.  That works out to 9.7% market share.

Everything is growing in Norway, no matter if it’s summer or winter!  1,099 registrations are over 2-times higher than in January 2013 when just 337 were sold. LEAF sales grew from 265 last January to 650 in January 2014.

The top selling ICE cars in Norway in January were 563 registrations (Toyota Auris) and 465 (Volkswagen Golf).

The next best EV was the Volkswagen e-up! with 175 units.  Total up! sales were 218, so 80% of them were electric.

Tesla delivered 132 Model S EVs last month in Norway, grabbing 1.2% market share.

BMW i3 had 82, Mitsubishi i-MiEV 41, Citroen C-Zero 9, Peugeot iOn 4, Ford Focus Electric 4 and on the bottom we see 2 new Renault Fluence Z.E.

All these numbers do not include the 203 used imported EVs – mostly LEAFs, i-MiEVs and iOns. Altogether, with 39 new electric vans (31 Peugeot Partner and 8 Citroën Berlingo) we see total 1,341 EVs added to the road of Norway last month… and probably another bus lane is now corked up with EVs in Oslo.

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Incentives matter. A lot.

I hope they have the foresight to start adding thousands of new public charging stations in their county to meet the demand of all these new cars that will now be driving the county looking for a place to plug in.

41 iMiev is AFAIK a new record for Mitsubishi in Norway.

I wonder whether gas stations are starting to see reduced business, now that EVs have been garnering >5% of market share (on average) for about a year.

Then again, they are already seeing heavy use of the bus lanes by the EVs and some negative feedback from the non EV’d citizens.

Well, that’s just new car market share, total registered car share will still be ~1%.

Norway will figure out what to do with new charging station demand and increased use of public bus lanes, in the same way they figured out how to get more EVs on the road faster than elsewhere in the world.

Sure, not everyone will be happy with these plans, but Norway is laughing all the way to the bank as it continues to reap billions from oil profits whilst investing that extra cash in what was future, and is now, current technology. What they’re doing won’t work in every country, but it’s certainly an example for many.

First they will gradually reduce incentives to curb demand, if they feel that it is getting out of control. Increased ev traffic will spur private investment to increase charging options. Sure there will bumps along the road, but Norway is a good microcosm for what works and what doesn’t.