Norway’s Love Of BEVs Switches To PHEV?

MAY 21 2016 BY MARK KANE 12

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

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

Is Norways love-affair with the electric car over? (source: EagleAID)

Is Norways love-affair with the electric car over? (source: EagleAID)

Quickly growing plug-in hybrid sales in Norway reached in April record of 2,224, culminating its pursuit by overtaking all-electric car sales (1,991 new registrations).

It’s an interesting switch, especially that year ago it seemed that BEVs would always be beyond reach, thanks to generous incentives.

EagleAID wonders now what it all might mean…and of course spins the rising tide of plug-in hybrids as a negative to all-electric vehicles like only EagleAID can:

“At a time when Norway’s previously bullish and expansionary electric car market veered off course after encountering sudden and previously unexpected turbulence, AID reports on possible reasons leading to this sudden squall of change.

Is this the beginning of a big change in Norway’s closely watched car buying pattern?

Has Norway’s much-heralded love affair with the electric car hit a bumpy patch even before the inevitable scaling down of presently unmatched sweetheart buyer and user incentives?

These are just some of the likely question that carmakers are probably asking themselves after digesting Norway’s intriguing April car sales figures.

Coming in the wake of March sales, which provided the first hint as to which way the wind is blowing, April was the first month that Norway’s closely observed electric cars were outsold by the latest generation of Plug-in hybrids.

This is a fast-budding sector presently dominated by Mitsubsihi’s Outlander PHEV and Volkswagen’s Golf GTE…”

Source: EagleAID

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I would personally prefer 100 miles + REX than even a 250 miles BEV. Despite this, I am still a Model 3 reservation holder, but I can’t imagine having 2 BEVs in my household.

A lot of Norwegians tow small trailers. Home improvement and weekend tips to the cabin are popular.
Typically a VW wagon with a 2500 pound trailer is the “Norwegian pickup truck”. Most of the PHEVs can be fitted with a tow bar. Certainly a shortcoming of the BEV. I recon the introduction of a 50-60 kWh BEV with towbar would set of a landslide..

“I recon the introduction of a 50-60 kWh BEV with towbar would set of a landslide..”

That would be the Tesla Model 3, which is promised to have a trailer hitch option.


What about the Bolt (Ampera-e), any indication of potential towing capacity?

There are many factor leading to the PHEVs overtaking of the BEVs on this months registrations.
1.Passat GTE and Golf GTE is more available than before. (Shorter waiting list and rapid rise in delievery rate)
2.The large SUVs entry to the market. X5,XC90 and GLE.
3.MB has also rolled out quite a lot of their 350e-models.

Buyers of BEVs are also waiting for the 2.0-versions of e-Golf and i3.

There are signals that PHEVs will have more registration-tax in Norway in 2017 and people therefore buy them asap.

They have already removed some of the incentives for evs, like driving in the bus lanes, and maybe some other freebie’s.

Slight changes over a short period of time do not a trend make.

Must be love affair with particular models, rather than category in general. Not everyone can afford Tesla and any other car in BEV segment for now is filled with compromises.

I’d be interested to see model by model breakdown.

Todays BEVs are for most people suitable as a number two car. BEVs has 15% markedshare, but it is higher among those who buy a number two car. I think the growth in PHEVs mostly are in the car-number-one market. After the the value of the Norwegian currency dived, the Tesla S has become a to expensive car for most of the people.
I assume we see a new raise in sale of BEVs first when it comes a car with miniumum 300 real km range, afordable, who has access to a network of charging stations, and last but not less – has a tow hook.
I think the next one or two years belong to the PHEVs in Norway.

Imagine down the road, there’s a truly useful 200+mi EV waiting to be bought. Would you shop for one with half the range now?

I wouldn’t. And I can see many Norwegians knowing and doing the same thing.

Maybe, just maybe, many people don’t want comprised EV with 80miles range limit but as EVs are getting more popular they see advantages of electric drive so they are searching for “best of 2 worlds”. Except expensive Tesla for now all EVs are only city commuters. They perfectly cover 90% of usecases but people do not want to resign from 10% trips? So or Tesla or EV as second car or gas car or hybrid.