Norway Plug-In Electric Car Market Share Again At 26% In June

JUL 19 2015 BY MARK KANE 15

 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf

… and the winner is … Volkswagen e-Golf

While just a few countries are achieving visible market share for plug-in cars, Norway is flying somewhere above the horizon at 26% in June.

Most of the registrations in Norway are pure electric cars – some 2,617 BEVs out of 3,693 new passenger plug-ins. Another 286 BEVs were used imported. Additionally 62 new electric vans and 3 used were registered in June.

But plug-in hybrids are growing much faster at well over 1,000% year over year to 1,076 in June.

As you can see below, 13,659 new all-electric cars were registered in the first half of the year, supplemented by 3,010 plug-in hybrids and 289 vans.

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – June 2015 (source:

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – June 2015 (source:

Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE

Volkswagen e-Golf again was the best selling plug-in car in Norway with 747 registrations in June. If we add 355 Golf GTE it turns out that about two thirds of all Golfs were plug-ins.

Renault ZOE shock us with 431 registrations jumping to 4th overall among BEVs!

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV also remain very strong with 421, leading all plug-in hybrids.

Tesla Model S is the second best selling car in Norway after the first six months at 2,674 registrations, behind the 4,829 e-Golfs. Nissan LEAF landed far behind at 8th with 1,611 in the period.

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

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

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15 Comments on "Norway Plug-In Electric Car Market Share Again At 26% In June"

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The big question is “Will sales drop off a cliff when the incentives end?”.

But I think they’ll be smart enough to phase out the incentives instead of just going cold turkey. Some of them should end . . . particularly the ones that may be causing problems due to being oversubscribed. For example, are EVs now clogging the bus lanes?

In June Norway achieved 96 g/km on average for new car sales.

So far this year they are at 98 g/km on average.

Norways 2020 target is 85 g/km. Still some way to go, not to mention that they will need to keep that level.
And knowing Norway and the norwegian mentality they will surely achieve that goal with a fairly big margin.

So to the so called “big question” I have only one answer and that is: *lol*, you will never see dropping EV sales in Norway (more than maybe marginally and temporarly during a short period of time).

Good job Norway, this is an amazing achievement, a new car in Norway will use (on average) less than half the fuel of an Australian car.

That is amazes me because:
– Norway is a net exporter of oil (Australia is a net importer of oil)
– Australia also has a surplus of base load power
– Australia is shutting its refineries becoming dependent not only on imported oil but also foreign refineries.

Why is Norway so far a head of us?

Why is Norway so far ahead of us?

Tony Abbott. 😉

Australia is really in tough situation that I suspect will lead them to a recession.

They over-invested in their domestic electricity generation, transmission, and distribution system such that the electric rates are high. This has caused a boom in solar PV due to the high rates thus making it hard for them to pay back all that investment.

They also over-invested in coal and now both India and China are going to reduce their coal imports from Australia.

Tony Abbott is stuck trying to polish a turd.

Tony Abbott IS an unpolished turd. That he still has 30% approval rate is truly sad. What on earth were the australians thinking?

Why are electricity rates so high if they over-invested in capacity? Are utilities a monopoly where having overspent they’re passing the bill along to consumers?

In the US utilities are generally monopolies but are heavily regulated by the state to limit gouging.

With all that cheap coal, you’d think that Australia would have really cheap electricity. But nope. Part of the problem is that it is a big spread out country that requires some long transmission lines.

But the main problem was some seriously corruption in whatever utility regulating agency they have. They just really overbuilt generation, transmission, and distribution resources and billed it all to the ratepayers. Simultaneously, Australia has some of the best solar resources on the planet so lots of people went solar such that electricity demand dropped. So they kind of have the ‘utility death spiral’ problem there.

eGolf owner in Norway

Primarily economic incentives! BEVs do no pay VAT or taxes, even excemption for road taxes+++

VW eGolf 260’NOK
VW Golf 1.6 TDI 300’NOK
VW Golf 1.4 TSI 315’NOK

Tesla S AWD 85kWh: 640′ NOK
BMW 520i: 530′ NOK
BMW 550i X-drive: 1300′ NOK

Yeah it seems like phasing out the perks would be the best place to start, bus lanes, free parking, free ferries, etc. And then slowly bring back some of the sales tax that Norway was excluding them from. Certainly not all of it, but some.

Exactly. They can’t keep the incentives as generous as they currently are because it will eventually lead to a backlash. But they should carefully reduce them slowly. But don’t eliminate them completely ever.

Norway benefits . . . they get to sell more of their oil, they get cleaner local air, they have cheap electricity from hydropower and they can get more with onshore wind, solar PV, offshore wind, etc.

Not to mention the billions of Norwegian crowns they have earned in taxes on new car sales since they started this latest green car drive.

The EV incentives are coming in a combination with taxation on higher motor power, emissions and weight.

So any government that would implement the norwegian model for new car sales would also get a straight cash in-flow to the treasure chest.
That is something that is often overlooked or ignored.

No, they can not keep it that generous for ever an it will be phased out. But the politicans also sad in their agreement, that EVs alway shall be the most afordeable alterative. 2+2 is then higher taxes on exhaust cars when the incentives phase out.

VW e-Golf whacked the Nissan Leaf in 2015. It is at least a better looking car. Has anyone driven both and compare the utility?