Plug-In Vehicle Sales In Norway Surge 32% To More Than 4,300 In May

JUN 10 2017 BY MARK KANE 9

Norway plug-in electric vehicle sales again shine in May, notching a strong 31.7% increase, while hitting a near-best result of 4,339 sales. The e-market share also looks pretty awesome at 30.6%!

Opel Ampera-e arrives in Norway!

Passenger plug-in registration breakdown:

  • BEVs (2,175 – up 52.8% and 15.3% market share) + 504 used and 39 vans (32 new and 7 used)
  • PHEVs (2,164 – up 15.6% and 15.3% market share)
  • FCVs (2)

The highly anticipated Opel Ampera-e, which arrived in late May, had 230 new registrations (245 YTD), but we are not sure how many those were actual customer deliveries at this point.

The top two selling plug-ins for the month were both German EVs: the “new” Volkswagen e-Golf (36 kWh) in first (457) and the BMW i3 continues to perform well and finishes at #2 (410).

Third we find the good old Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (343), followed by the Volkswagen Passat GTE (340) and two models tie for fifth: Volkswagen Golf GTE & Nissan LEAF (both 272).

Apparently some brake issues that interrupted Renault ZOE sales in April pushed into May, as just 108 new registrations were made last month.

Tesla Model S & Model X sales stood at 88 and 138 respectively.

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

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9 Comments on "Plug-In Vehicle Sales In Norway Surge 32% To More Than 4,300 In May"

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28,9% petrol only
26,3% diesel only
15,4% BEV
15,3% PHEV
14,2% HEV

Mazda, Skoda, Ford and Suzuki in that order being the largest polluters among the best selling brands.

And the company able to do the most impact if improving being Toyota with no plug-in in the top 20 of plug-in sales (Prius Prime in spot 24) but with 4 models (Rav4, C-HR, Auris, Yaris) in the top 10 general sales ranking.

What is the value of the cars sold brake down in brands.

The value for Tesla should show higher value or turnover than any other brand ?

Norway provides an interesting test bed for what we have to do to get to 100% on the road sustainable transportation (non-polluting cars and trucks) by 2050.

After 10 years of high fuel prices, high percentage of EV et all sales, high subsidies for EV et al sales, Norway is at 5% EV’s on the road.

The real and more worrisome trend is the rate of increase in EV sales is declining, heading to an equilibrium that will not get even Norway to 100% EV’s by 2050.

Increase from 2012-23 2.29
Increase from 2013-14 2.19
Increase from 2014-15 1.70
Increase from 2015-16 1.30.

I don’t imagine it is “too” worrisome, as it also proves it possible for a country to get to 30% new car market share in ~3 years.

Once you have enough capacity/production to support 30%, all it takes is a signature from a country’s leader to make ~90%, or 100% over a fixed timeline.

One imagines that once a country/any country gets close to 50% plug-in adoption, that a government mandate is a likely to become a reality (or rather that non-plugs can only be sold in special cases of necessity)

Consider at this point, after everything Norway has done they are at 5% EV’s. With a steadily declining rate of increase as we see above the trajectory would top out around 10-20%.

And Norway has cut back the incentives so that rate of increase is likely to flatten out sooner. This from May 2015.

“This week, all the major political parties in Norway met and agreed that electric cars will no longer get as easy a ride, according to AFP. Owners will have to pay half of the road tax from 2018 and all of it from 2020. VAT exemptions will also be replaced by a subsidy, which will probably be revoked over time. And local authorities can now decide whether to offer free parking, exemption from tolls, and the use of bus lanes.”

“Norway plans to cut some of the incentives offered to drivers of electric cars, which now account for almost a quarter of the country’s new car registrations, because they are costing the government too much money.”

The reason why BEV sales in Norway levels off is probably because of a lack of models in all segments. Smaller cars sold are now predominantly BEV in Norway.
The problem is lack of midsize family BEVs at a reasonable price.
I expect Model 3 sales to increase the BEV market share substantially as soon as full scale deliveries start.

Your right it will be levelling off, at 30%… Given a steady 30% of sales when we have gone one full life cycle (say 10 to 15 years) you will be at ~30% volume.

Diesel will get eventually banned in inner city areas, which reduces their popularity in urban areas. What we need now is the model 3 and uber mode