Plug-In Electric Car Market Share In Norway Nearly Hits New High

DEC 8 2018 BY MARK KANE 24

November brings the 2nd highest market share ever

Despite it being winter, it was another hot month in Norway where all-electric cars sell like hot cakes. The plug-in hybrid, on the other hand, is shrinking pretty badly.

In total, some 7,001 new passenger plug-ins were registered last month (up 20.4% year-over-year) at a market share of 56.9% (only 60.1% in September was better).

Here are the details, which shows us clearly that the market shifts towards all-electric models:

  • BEVs: 5,087 (up 88.1%, 41.3% market share) + 1,106 ‘used’ + 187 vans (178 new and 9 used) + 3 FCV
  • PHEVs: 1,914 (down 38.4%, 15.5% market share)

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – November 2018

Nissan LEAF is the best selling car of any kind in Norway with 1,209 new registrations in November and 11,584 YTD. As total Nissan volume was 1,267 for the month and 13,454 for the first 11 months of 2018, it seems that Nissan’s presence in Norway is driven almost entirely by EVs.

Last month, BMW i3 surprised with high 714 new registrations (5,239 YTD).

The all-new Jaguar I-PACE noted 335 (916 YTD), which as in the case of Nissan, stands for most of the brand’s result – 366 and 1,167 YTD.

Tesla delivered 455 electric cars in November and Model X is still number 4 for the year.

New passenger car registrations in Norway, Top 20 models YTD

source: Opplysningsrådet for Veitrafikken AS (OFV AS)

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“Nissan LEAF is the best selling car of any kind in Norway with 1,209 new registrations in November and 11,584 YTD.”

How many Nissan Leafs have been delivered up to now to customers in Norway in the current decade (cumulative total)?

About 50,000?

Yeah, more than 50.000 with the first days of this month:

Plus 3 FCVs… hilarious. Demo vehicles. I am convinced Norway can produce a lot of hydrogen from natural gas and electrolisys, but the FCVs are so lame, no one wants to use them even when the h2 fuel is there or given for free.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

One of the companies there shut down its hydrogen pumps this year.

December will probably be awesome as usual but March 2019 will be bananas….

Indeed, Model 3 deliveries to Europe start in February.

100% next year

I wouldn’t be surprised if it was 70-90 in some months

2019 and 2020 will be very exciting years for new models to come out from various automakers

I repeat my request that InsideEVs provide separate plots for BEVs and PHEVs on their graphs. PHEVs are just an interim stepping stone to BEVs.

That request has been made before and insideevs has explained their methodology of including phevs, but continue to express your views, though on this particular venue you might be wasting your breath.

Why don’t you produce separate plots as a public service? We’ll pay you the same amount we pay InsideEVs 🙂

What different about the Leaf for Norway, they can’t give them away in the US.

There’s been too much negative press about their non-thermally-managed batteries here.

Plus there’s just really nowhere to go for most people. There’s no Kansas in Norway. The range is plenty. And it’s a hatchback. The rest of the world loves those.

In general, an ICE car will cost 2-4 times as much in Norway as in the US. The more CO2 the car emit, the higher the taxes. So unless you are filthy rich, or love economic pain – people tend to buy a car with very low emissions. People would of course love a larger 4×4 of some kind, due to snow, difficult road conditions and an active liftestyle. These cars tend to be heavy and thirsty – and due to lower taxes, a PHEV can be an OK deal for such (and other cars). An all electric car on the other hand.. that is sold with no taxes, no VAT, there are free parking, usually free toll roads, free ferries, free charging many places. If you drive an EV to work, you can deduct a much higher sum pr km on the income tax, then if you drive a normal ICE car. A company that offer charging to customers or employees get a lot of goodwill. If a company want to get more goodwill, they replace more ICE cars in their fleet with EVs. Since an EV has no taxes and VAT, they tend to offer all extras –… Read more »

It’s a hatchback, Americans don’t like these. If it looked like Nissan Rogue, that would be a whole different story.

Nissan probably stopped prioritizing US market in general, as it’s pretty crappy for EVs compared to EU and China

Nissan are also focusing sales of the Leaf in Europe and Japan.

I would love to know what % of the entire passenger fleet is now electric and what effect it is having on parts of the economy that depend on petrol sales – eg, mechanical service centres, petrol stations etc.

As of 31th December 2017. 5,11% of the total 2.700.000 passenger vehicle fleet is now electric. Diesel has 47,63%, Gasoline has 41,94%, the rest are hybrids of various sorts.
I’d guess new numbers come out at new years.

I’ve read articles in Norwegian media over the year, that some petrol stations in some areas are struggling. Mechanical service centres are scrambling to educate their people in how to service ev’s. Independent service centers are struggling hardest with the change it seems.

One article the other day said that pr standard service check (If I understood it right), an ev is around around $170 cheaper than a comparative diesel.

Very little impact yet. EVs need maintenance too, and fuel sales is just a bit of their income.
But in a few years time.. something will change. A good hint of what’s to come is when Statoil sold their gas stations to Circle K

In my City Bergen, there’s only 1 petrol station left inside the city(inside the toll gates). There used to be many, Atleast 5 have closed the last 15 years. During that time the traffic increased with 7% some years. Then the pollution became a problem and road tolls increased and traffic reduced.

Tesla Model X sales was 246 units in November 2018, and that is 50,3% down from last year. I think Tesla sold most vehicles to the Netherlands that month. With enough cars for sale, I think it would be more like last year. Now Tesla has no car in the top 10-14 places.

The best selling EV in Norway last month was the Nissan Leaf, and the second most popular was the Jaguar I-Pace.

I don’t know what gasoline or electricity costs in Norway. Does anyone have a comparison of cost of driving 15,000 miles with EV versus ICE in Norway or Europe. I think that would be interesting to know. If you can clean the environment and save money.