Norway EV Sales Surge In September With Volume Deliveries Of Tesla Model X

OCT 13 2016 BY MARK KANE 14

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A very healthy 4,552 new plug-in electric passenger cars were registered in September in Norway, making the month the second best on record.

Year-over-year growth also reached it highest percentage so far this year at 71.5%, while overall market share for plug-ins specifically reached 32.9% – the 2nd best monthly result all-time.

Once again, PHEV registrations gains outpaced all-electrics in Norway for September, while BEVs still hold a strong numerical lead:

BEVs (2,629 up 23.6%) and PHEVs (923 up 264.2%).

Additionally, there was 517 registrations of used imported passenger cars and 60 commercial vehicles (36 new and 24 used).

However, the biggest slash in September was made by the Tesla Model X, which noted 601 new registrations as volume deliveries have finally began, while the Model S also sold a solid 247 units.

BMW i3 also did well during the month with new record of 520 new registrations, finishing 2nd overall. Rounding out the top five was the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (427),  Volkswagen e-Golf (392), and the Volkswagen Golf GTE (358).

With the first three quarters now behind us in Norway, roughly 34,000 new registrations of plug-ins has been made.

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – September 2016

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – September 2016

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – September 2016

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – September 2016

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Presumably 520 BMW i3 includes both BEV an REX. For comparison Golf plugin sales were BEV 392 and PHEV 358, total 750.
Likewise Tesla model S & X share a platform, so 601 X plus 247 S totals 848.

With plugin market share of 1/3, plugins are selling to mainstream buyers.
As word of mouth spreads, how long it take to reach 2/3 share?
Higher than that would presumably require plugins in more market segments – pickups, station wagons, MPVs, RVs etc.

RVs are not cars so they won’t be counted to the percentage. “Trucks” (you mean the big car version that hillbillies drive and not real trucks, right?) are barely sold in Europe so no EV truck is needed.

What’s needed in Norway to get the percentage up is for top selling ICEs and their manufacturers to go EV. Like Toyota which has a number of cars, like the Auris, Yaris, RAV4 and Prius, in the top list of sales in Norway.

Except Toyota plugins from Mazda, Skoda, Ford and Volvo would make all the difference for the Norwegian percentage.

Volvo is soon there, Skoda will be getting VW EV drive-trains someday in the future. Ford and Mazda have barely showed anything and Toyota as we know are so mentally behind it’s scary.

It would definetely help if more companys go EV, but it is not that important for EV-sales. Nissan was a low-volume seller in Norway before Leaf, now it has had the top sold car of the month at least two times. And same goes with Tesla which came from nowhere and has been at top sold car of the month several times. Opel has 1,8% of the car sales this month, it will be interesting to see what happens when Ampera-e (GM Bolt) enters the market, i assume they will quickly climb up on the sales statistics.

What is needed in Norway is, as i wrote in another post here, that EV manufacturers start intstalling towing hooks and make bigger EVs. We also need Station Wagon type cars that can transport a bit more than Leaf, Zoe and Bolt.

It gets more and more important since there are so many people that are very loyal to their brand(s) of cars.
Changing car brand is not like changing cereal brand where you can go back in a few weeks after trying it out.

Thankfully all manufacturers have to produce some kind of EV sooner rather than later because of EU regulations and CARB.

But you are definitely right that great long range EVs like the Bolt, Model 3 and Leaf 2.0 will be as important no matter the manufacturer.

If you are adding up manufactures VW actually has 988 sales adding in 36 eUps and 202 Passat GTEs…
BMW has 812 sales adding in several of their smaller range plugins…

BMW sidenote…

“BMW Chief Executive Officer Harald Krüger, speaking with journalists Tuesday, said the German auto maker “will systematically electrify all brands and model series.””

For BMW i3 sales in Norway the BEV version is by far the most popular, sales of REX are close to zero. It is just not worth the extra cost and maintenance here. DCQC’s are being installed on all major roads with at least 2 every 50 km (31 miles).

BEV sales has been around 15% for a year or two now, but will probably go up a bit now with more “affordable” cars with longer range. But what is needed to make a big difference is bigger cars. The typical family car here is a stationwagon with a towing hook. If GM would make a stationwagon type of bolt with only slightly higher price they would probably be able to sell more than the other EVs combined in Norway.

Another fact: Total zero emission car registrations in september also includes Hydrogen fuel cell cars, with a total of ONE car registered. And it is rumored that this car was registered on Toyota itself.

When you look at the top 20 ranking published by OFV here (select Modellfordelt):

The OFV reports combined sales of the Golf family (TDI, e-Golf, Golf GTE), and as such, ranked first with 996 units, followed by the Model X (601) and BMW i3 (520), so the plug-ins ranked 2nd and 3rd best selling new cars in September.

But if you dig a bit more, the Model X was actually the best selling new car in Norway in September, as Golf sales are split in 246 ICE-powered Golfs, 392 e-Golfs and 358 Golf GTEs.

If my analysis holds scrutiny, then this is the seventh time an all-electric car tops Norway’s monthly best selling car chart, as the Model S already did 4 four times and the Leaf twice.

In related news, wait times for a Tesla Service Center appointment surged in Norway as new Model X owners brought in their vehicles en masse to fix the problems that should have been corrected before their vehicles left the factory. 😉

do you have a forum link to read about it?

Another Euro point of view

Good Model X sales…I changed my mind about the Model X and believe Elon was right about the falcon wing rear doors. How could a wealthy Norwegian mother (or father) possibly resist the show of lifting those doors while dropping kids at school in the morning ? I believe musk is right because he looks 10 years ahead. In late 19th century most people’s concerns were about keeping well fed, dry, warm and out of diseases. It is likely that in 2025 this very subjects will represent maybe 10% of people concerns while showing off steadily becoming one of the greatest concerns. So I believe this was a clever observation of (first world) human nature that will give dividends.

I think in a about ten years people are going to be very worried about shelter and food along with having jobs. I think it’s at least going to swell to 70% of their concerns in that it’s at least 75% my of concerns.

I also think a lot of people are going to start selling off cars soon if not now due to the rising costs to keep them. The reason is between outsourcing and automation a lot of the populations in the first world counties are going to be thrown down into poverty and if they are lucky they will get minimum wage jobs.

Last night I watch this video :

I think that the Zoé 40 Q90 will do great for that kind of travel.
I don’t know if in Norway they can already order the Zoé, in France, Renault already take order since 1st October.
The BEV in Norway is already high, I hope the Zoé and the Opel Ampera-e will boost even more the market of BEV.

Without DC charging?

The Zoé 40 Q90 use a 43kW AC charger.
On a 22kW charger it’s take 2h30 to fully charge the battery. But only 45mn to charge 80% on a 43kW charger.
I was hopping a CCS 50kW capable. And I’m a little disapointed on that matter.
And more disapointing the Zoé 40 R90 can charge at 22kW max.