Norway Plug-In Electric Car Sales Doubled In October

NOV 8 2015 BY MARK KANE 23

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – October 2015

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – October 2015

Largest Fast Charging Station in Norway (Source: BKK )

Largest Fast Charging Station in Norway (Source: BKK )

Norway, the largest European market for plug-in electric cars, doubled sales year-over-year in October!

In total, 2,972 new all-electric or plug-in hybrid registrations were noted, compared to 1,499 year ago.

All-electric takes two-thirds of the pie (2,045), but plug-in hybrids expanded over 9 times to 927, compared to 101 a year ago.

Total market share stands in October at 22.5% (11.6% year ago). Separately, 41 new electric vans were registered last month.

Funny is how the diesel market share is falling every year thanks to EVs and now already is below 40% in Norway (-7.4% year-over-year).

With an additional 15% market share for conventional hybrids, Norway is at 99 g/km CO2 emissions average for all new passenger cars.

New passenger BEV registrations in Norway – October 2015

New passenger BEV registrations in Norway – October 2015

New registrations numbers doesn’t tell whole story as Norway draws EVs from other countries in high numbers.

October was a record month with shocking 746 BEVs used-imported registrations (more than all new registrations in the UK that month)! So far this year, Norwegians already imported nearly 4,000 BEVs.

New & used passenger BEV registrations in Norway – October 2015

New & used passenger BEV registrations in Norway – October 2015

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23 Comments on "Norway Plug-In Electric Car Sales Doubled In October"

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Wow, barring major surprises, I think Norway will take my “top EV country for 2015” crown… (last year I gave it to the US with Norway at #2).

Not China?

This article deals with the biggest EV market in Europe. So far, China belongs to Asia. Norway has only 5.1 Mio inhabitants, compared to 81 Mio for Germany, and more than 1.3 Billion for China.

Norway should get the crown every year. No one else is even remotely close.

The US (or rather California) should get cudos for forcing the manufacturers to get at least compliance models on the roads.

And now China should get some cudos for becoming the second largest market and largest country by total sales. Showing a strong comitment that will not only make new great manufacturers in China but also forces the big traditional car manufacturers to adapt if they want to sell cars in China.

+10 for knowing what kudos means and using it properly.

-1 for spelling.

*kudos, kudos, commitment

I’m used to every word starting with a “k” being spelled with a “c” in English. But sometimes the word is Greek and keeps the original spelling 😛

I’m also surprise how hard it is for spell check programs to understand that a text is written in another language than the standard one and adapt to that one instead of marking every word as misspelled. AI my ass…

If only Tesla did spellchecks.

Or I could just learn how to spell in the handful of languages I know fairly well, but that is so 20th century. 😉

So The UK had less then 746 registrations for October. I knew it going to be a down month compared to the month before, but that’s more than I was expecting. Are you going to do an article about UK sales for October?

Last month I spent two weeks in Bodo, Norway and it was truly amazing how many electric cars you saw just walking down the street. When I asked why electric cars are becoming so popular I was told there was no tax on them. VAT in Norway is something like 20%. Also electric cars are not charged tolls. Toll roads in Norway are not at all like they are in the US. Tolls in Norway are charged for driving on certain parts of what would considered residential streets. What I didn’t see much of was charging stations. Not sure about other parts of the country but Bodo has very few of them.

I wonder how gas stations in Norway are doing. Is it at least at the point where a few are noticing much less business or even thinking of closing?

There are ~55k BEVs vs ~2.5M ICEv on Norwegian roads.

So, not yet.

Your numbers equate to 2.2%. That’s some revenue loss. I know when US has usage went down a couple percent, it affected the market, but the US is a much larger country. If the EVS in Norway are concentrated in certain areas, the gas stations in those areas would see an exaggerated effect.

So a wealthy suburb in Oslo has one less gas station?

That would be an interesting story.

By much less business you mean a couple of percent? 🙂

EVs are great in the long run, but have little impact in the short run. That’s why we really need to push energy efficiency for ICE’s and bio-fuels until EVs slowly have infested the whole car fleet.

The rental car we had was diesel which was about $6.00 a gallon.Gas was more.

There should be possible for other countries to copy the norwegian EV-success. Many think the high marked share is because of subsidies that Norway can afford because it is a rich oil country, but that not a precise description. The success have its root in high taxes on cars and fuel, and no tax on EVs. Other countries can also tax cars and fuel higher, and use that revenue to lower the tax on income. Green taxation.

I like Norway

I think Norway will reverse its tax subsidies for electric cars starting in 2016. So expect a huge rush in the last months of 2015. Starting in 2016 the trend will reverse.

Norway are still far from their 2020 goal so they will hardly make it so that less EVs are sold when they will need an increase in percentage of sales to reach there.

No, it will not. There will be VAT from 2018, but a new subsidy that compensate more or less, depending at the price reduction at batteries. There will not be any registration fee before 2020. Then it will be introduced if the climate goals is met. There will be half annual fee from 2018, full from 2020. The authority for the other incentives will be transferred to the local governments.
But maybe the most important point is in the principles of the agreement: Taxes shall be arranged so that zero-emission vehicles will be financially better off compared to
an equivalent traditional vehicle model. That open up for higher taxes on exhaust cars.
The agrement (in norwegian);

The government in Norway will not tax EVs in 2016 or 2017.