Nissan LEAF Strikes Again in Norway by Taking Fourth Place on Overall Sales Chart in June


Sales of electric cars in Norway are growing like crazy these days.

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

In June, the Nissan LEAF took fourth place in overall sales ranking in Norway.

With 340 registrations, the LEAF had a market share of 3.1% of all new passenger cars sold in June. Noteworthy is that only 11 more sales would have landed the LEAF in third place.

The 340 number is almost 2.5 times more sales for the LEAF than in June of of last year. With 1,974 YTD, Nissan LEAF sales are already approaching the 2,298 mark set for full 2012 sales.

Total sales of new passenger electric cars in Norway in June reached 372 units (over 40% more than the year before), and the Nissan LEAF captured more than 90% of the segment. YTD total sales for electric vehicles is 2,228 (almost a 30% growth year over year).

Soon, Tesla will start sales of the Model S in Norway.   With the Model S coming, we’re hopeful that this year we’ll see a 10% market share for EVs for the first time in contemporary history in any country in the world.

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8 Comments on "Nissan LEAF Strikes Again in Norway by Taking Fourth Place on Overall Sales Chart in June"

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Is there a reason EVs are selling so well in Norway? Government or private incentives?

Additional Norway is a big oil and gas producer, but they have the worlds highest gasoline prices (currently 1.90€/l), while electricity (90% hydro power) is very cheap.

Norway also has more charging stations per square mile than anywhere on earth. If you build out the infrastructure, the cars will follow.

But lot of this charging point were original made for electric pre-heaters and they are just standard plugs, limited to 10-16A.
Faster charging network still has a lot of holes, especially in rural areas between the cities.

The Nissan Leaf has a success story in Norway, but nobody else could replicate it there, Tesla is the best candidate for that, but i’m guessing in lower numbers, something like 100-200 units per month, which is still great and enough to add another 1,5% on the already record-beating 3,8% EV share.

Norway’s EV share could already be much higher, if they would force every car maker to sell available EV models in Norway too.
Smart ED, Toyota RAV4 EV, Renault Zoe and Fluence Z.E., GM Spark EV, Honda Fit EV, Ford Focus EV, Hyundai BlueOn, BYD e6 are all not available in Norway.

It would be helpful to know what the top three sellers are and how many they sold, to put the Leaf numbers in context. Being in fourth place with just 3.1 per cent of the market, and potentially in third if they’d just sold a handful more, but are the top sellers at, say, around 40 per cent each or is the entire market spread thin?