DoE: Plug-In Vehicle Sales Hit 23.5% Market Share In Norway For 2016, Leads Europe

JUN 23 2017 BY MARK KANE 6

Norway has a long-standing record of having the highest plug-in electric car market share, which so far is still way (way, way) out of reach for any other country in the world to come close to assaulting.

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – April 2017

According to the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, nearly one out of every four vehicles(23.5%) sold in Norway for 2016 was a plug-in (all-electric or plug-in hybrid).

And if we exclude light commercial vehicles, the market share stands at nearly 29%!

For comparison, Netherlands barely exceeded 5% in 2nd place.

“Norway had the highest plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market penetration of European countries – nearly one of every four vehicles sold in Norway in 2016 was a PEV (23.5%).

Although 17.3% of all European PEV sales were in the United Kingdom, the PEV market penetration was only 1.3% due to the relative size of the market. The Netherlands had the second highest market penetration rate of PEVs at 5.1%, securing 10.1% of the total European PEV market. For comparison purposes, the United States PEV market penetration in 2016 was 0.9%.”


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6 Comments on "DoE: Plug-In Vehicle Sales Hit 23.5% Market Share In Norway For 2016, Leads Europe"

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The Germans are serious laggards.

Germany is home to a large number of traditional car manufacturers, and a large number of Germans work there. Since the traditional manufacturers were hesitant with the uptake, so are their employees… and it spreads to their families and friends…

This is a big cultural issue, but thankfully (as you can see from the sales graph) it is now getting rapidly better. The VW diesel scandal was a true catalyst.

The SA (states of America, since no sober observer would claim they are united anymore), once at the leading edge of many things (but notably not social development, or indeed the human development index), is relegated to “comparison purposes”.

Funny thing, that this conglomerate of a nation-state that was never really a nation at all produces so much brilliance amid so many ignoramuses. Tesla is the world’s definite leader in EVs, in terms of technology, image and value. (Nissan has shipped more units, but at a much lower price.) And still the SA would place near the bottom in the European ranking for EV penetration.

Much of the innovation comes from few states with CA leading. CA has about 14.5M cars of which about 250K are EV. That’s about 1.7%, better than most European countries. If you compare new car sales, CA’s EV percentage is even higher.

Why are the percentages different between the pie chart and the bar graph?

Hey TM,

It isn’t the same data expressed two ways, it is two different data sets altogether – one is sales percetnage of Europe, the other is market penetration in the home country (Norway just happens to have similar percentages on both counts)