Norway Electric Car Sales At Nearly 26% Market Share In March!

APR 4 2015 BY MARK KANE 14

Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf

Norway set a new plug-in car sales record in March reaching 23.4% market share for BEVs and almost 2.5% PHEVs, which in total gives it some 25.9% among new passenger cars!

This is more than one per four new registrations!

The exact number of registrations is 3,391 for BEVs and 357 for PHEVs. 3,748 total. All-electric cars are more favorable due mostly to incentives.

Official data states other categories like 73 new electric delivery vans and some 320 used imported passenger electric cars plus 1 used imported electric van.

Besides 25.9% new plug-in cars, there were some 7% non-rechargable hybrids too.

For March, we can take a look at the table with numbers of registrations  for particular models provided by via OFV.

Most registrations last month belonged to the Tesla Model S – 1,140, but Volkswagen e-Golf with 956 was not far behind and leads the YTD rank. 2,672 e-Golfs out of 7,202 BEVs makes it above one-third of the EV-pie share so far this year.

Almost 68% of all new Golfs, which is the best selling car in Norway, are e-Golfs. Tesla Model S is in the second place after three months of 2015 with share of 8.1% in March and 4.3% in the quarter.

Nissan LEAF had 526 registrations in March, which is more than a year ago, although far short of e-Golf. Despite this, the LEAF is the fifth best selling car in Norway with share of 3.7% in March and 3.1% YTD.

In fourth among EVs we see the Volkswagen e-up! (sales down from last year) at 162 last month and 485 YTD.

Renault ZOE shines with a new record of it own with 228 registrations – enough to overtake BMW i3 in YTD standings – 361 vs. 336. Similar level of sales we can see for Audi A3 e-tron – 369 YTD and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 356 YTD.

Number of registrations of new all-electric passenger cars in Norway – March 2015 (source:

Number of registrations of new all-electric passenger cars in Norway – March 2015 (source:

Number of registrations of new plug-in hybrid passenger cars in Norway – March 2015 (source:

Number of registrations of new plug-in hybrid passenger cars in Norway – March 2015 (source:

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i wonder how much effect it had on the carbon consumption of Norway.

I also wonder how many EVs total are registered and how many ice cars are registered there? Maybe 5% are EV? 10%?

No, that would take several more years of this performance. The average car stays on the road for over a decade, and this >10% level has been around in Norway for less then 2 years, I think.

There was an article last year here, about the overall on-the-road share in Norway crossing 1%.

But yeah, if the share keeps zooming up like this, 5% might come sooner than expected.

“on-the-road share”

Depending on how you define that….. 😉

Newer cars tend to be driven more than older cars. So the share of electric cars in traffic is probably higher than the share of electric cars in the rolling stock.

If we assume an average car life of 10 years means that a 10% yearly share is 1% over all share on the roads. Two years with this rithm will make 2% share on the roads. If in 2015 they achive 20% will mean a growth of 2% over all, so they will achive 4%. Way ahead of other countries.
I agree the electric cars are used more often than ICE cars, so it feels they are more than the numbers tell us.

The carbon emission in Norway will decrease when people stop burning wood in their fireplaces for hours everyday.

Burning wood is net zero carbon. The tree sucked up CO2 as it grew and gives off CO2 as it biodegrades or burns. It is the 100 million years of trapped CO2 in fossil fuel that is being released in such a short time. Burning wood does cause smog though.

About 46-47000 total EV’s registered. 2,5 million cars in total in the country.

So they should reach 2% of total fleet being plugins (and almost all of them fully electric) in May.

How do the Norway government incentives compare between BEV and PHEV?

I wonder because in the USA (excluding GA) they are selling in comparable numbers, but it seems in Norway it is 10:1 advantage for BEV.

In Norway, zero emission vehicles get advantages. And that is the correct way to do it. Why should a petrol car get incentives? 0 emissions vehicles is the future. Norway is leading the path !

If there’s an electric car market in the world that can give us insight to the near term future in terms of EV adaption, then it just might be Norway.

It’s interesting to note that EVs with less than 100 miles of range, like the Golf & Leaf, are being purchased at a high percentage in Norway. The Norwegians must have really powerful EV incentives.

Perhaps we’ll see a similar shift in adaption of EVs have in the U.S. when 200 miles cars – priced at or below $30K after incentives – like the GM Bolt arrive.

” The Norwegians must have really powerful EV incentives.”

Or a lot of chargers.

BEV have a lot of advantages in Norway. No VAT, a lot lower fees, free parking and charging at public spots, free passage at road tolls (which can be 4USD a day for many people), access to use bus lanes in the cities, free ferries over fjords. Also, electricity in Norway is cheap and relatively clean.
PHEV have a small reduction in the VAT.

“All-electric cars are more favorable due mostly tp incentives.” Why do I keep seeing articles here that describe Norway’s *extremely* favourable-to-zero-emissions-vehicles tax scheme as “incentives”? And then never explains exactly what the Norwegians mean by that? It’s nowhere near what America’s incentives are. They literally couldn’t be more different. Here’s the real story. In America, there’s very little tax on cars. Maybe a 2-7% state sales tax. EVs in particular are awarded a government tax rebate to the owner – usually the dealership, because this scheme strongly favours lessees. Most people don’t even pay $7500 a year in taxes, but those dealerships do. In Norway on the other hand, all motor vehicles are taxed based on the CO2 emissions they would produce over their lifetime. Plus, they have some really high import taxes. As a result of these taxes, a 1.3 L VW Golf sells for about $35,000 USD. (I’m probably off by a few $K, but the point is made). A V6 Audi goes for around $75,000-$80,000, etc. The effect of these taxes is about a 100% increase over their value outside of Norway. So all the government has to do, instead of offering cash bonuses to those people… Read more »