Plug-In Electric Car Market Share Soars To 50% In Norway


JAN 4 2018 BY MARK KANE 19

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

Plug-in electric car sales in Norway went through the roof in December! Plug-in accounted for roughly 50% of new passenger cars in the EV capital of the world.

With a special rush from Tesla, we knew something big was going to happen in Norway.

In total, a whooping 8,033 (up 123% year-over-year) new plug-in passenger cars were registered in December, which compared to 16,077 total cars registered, equates to a nearly perfect 50.0%!

Of course, that is a new record for BEVs, PHEVs and total plug-ins.

  • BEVs 4,425 (up 91%, good for a 27.5% market share) + 770 ‘used’ plug-ins + 88 vans (74 new and 14 used) + 14 FCV
  • PHEVs 3,608 (up 182%, good for 22.4% market share)

Tesla Model X was the best selling model in December with 1,429 units, which enabled it to take fourth place overall for the year.

Tesla Model S was second with 1,026 and eighth for the year. In total, Tesla delivered a record 2,455 for the month and 3,743 for the quarter. Tesla is also the seventh most popular brand overal for the year with 8,460 sales, ahead of Audi, Ford and Nissan.

Tesla registrations in Norway – December 2017

Here is a list of best selling cars for the year (Volkswagen e-Golf takes the first spot with more than 6,500 for e-Golf s and more than 2,000 for Golf GTE and the rest of Golf sale are ICE).

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

And another look at the progress:

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

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

Diesel goes into the history books:

New diesel and plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – December 2017

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19 Comments on "Plug-In Electric Car Market Share Soars To 50% In Norway"

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Now we will see what happens when you get high on the S-curve.

For Norway — I think we’re seeing the back side of their “peak oil prosperity curve”.

Norway had a lot of oil income in the 90’s and 00’s, ….it’s running out now.

A lot of people said “get lost” to Opel when they stopped selling Ampera E and increased the price twice for those with a “contract”, and ordered Tesla. Many of those have received the Tesla in December. 2018 is probably also going to be a great EV year as a lot of Norwegians have ordered Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona EV, Porche EV and Audi EV….

I could actually feel the Oslo air being much cleaner now than a winter many years ago (in Norway’s capital)…and it was not windy. People have also replaced a lot of fireplaces with cleaner burning with financial help from the City Government, which the local politicians like to call themselves.

Cool. Tks for the insight.

50% makes for an impressive headline but that’s a very small market (no offense intended).

For perspective, the California new car market is about 2 million sales per year so EV makers would have to sell over 80,000 per month there just to reach 50% market share in just that one state.

They sold about 160 000 cars in 2017 in Norway.

So, even with over 50% plug ins/hybrids/EVs it will take a few years before most ICE cars are replaced.

VW have passed 70% Plug in hybrids and EVs for their Golf and Passat model.
On the other hand, their work vehicles have probably less then 1% plug in hybrids and EVs.

The EV sale is so strong that I can see the rise in EVs almost month by month.

Heading in the right direction, but should have more taxes on plug in hybrids with a small battery.
Range should be at least 75-100km, or have a wireless charger at least.

If the government also gave a $10k reduction in price on cheaper EVs if the customer scraps an old ICE car, or a super cheap loan (close to 0%), many of the oldest, dirtiest cars could be replaced. It’s still people who earn more that take advantage of the tax free EVs. Young people, and people less rich would benefit from this. Low running cost, low maintenance cost. . It would help them with the economy for years to come.
At the same time, more EVs, less ICE cars – it’s better for all.

Not much changes when you look at total fuel consumption yet unfortunately–333353

Very interesting. It appears their diesel market is actually growing.

Diesel is down by 6 million litres. Gasoline up by 6 million litres.


Sorry I was referring to auto diesel which, according to the chart, has been going up each year.


The first graph is year to date the second is comparing the month of November only so it’s a decrease for gasoline and flat for diesel this year. I think duty free diesel is for agriculture mainly.

Not much yet but coming soon if the high share of plugins is maintained.

Looking at the combined numbers for auto diesel + motor gasoline = perfectly flat for 2015,2016,2017. Meanwhile the vehicle fleet grew 2% between 2015 to 2016.(no stats available for 2017 yet) So the effect is already there but small for now.

As Norway penalizes new efficient ICE cars too, people for whom electric cars doesn’t work will keep their old gas guzzlers longer.

yeah, and since an older car is easy and cheaper to repair then a newer model – many keep the older car for longer.
I’ve done it myself, with passenger vans. My VW van was 22 or 23 years old when I scrapped it.

In hindsite, I should have put in the effort to fix it again. It would have cost me about $2K in parts, to get it in good shap again.

That is just peanuts compared to the cost I’m having with my newer Ford passenger van in parts, service bills and so on.

On the VW from the early 90ies I could fix 99% of the car myself. With the newer van, I can fix less then 75% without special equipment and lifts. Not to mention extra parts like dual mass flywheels, EGR valves, turbo etc like the other model did not have.

Compared to the $100K price for a new VW van in Norway – I could have fixed the old car for ever..

.. still waiting for an electric passenger van.. only pathetic options now, and usually very expensive too.

On the other hand.. an old van is a death trap if you crash. Not that the government cares about that, so they have insane taxes on an ICE car where there is no electric option.. So people keep driving their families in old, dangerous cars. Buying a new passenger van in Norway is only for people that is richer then average. If you could document the need for a passenger van, they should be cheaper. To prevent people from getting serious hurt in a road accident, which people in a safe car could walk away from with no damage to the passengers at all. The next time, we may buy two cheap EVs and drive with two cars every time we need to transport the whole family. Much cheaper then a new van at least. But there is no cheap EV that has an OK range that can pull a trailer. And what about vacation with a caravan for example.. I’ll need an electric passenger van within a few years. If not, it will be a diesel van again. I find it hard to believe they can’t take a normal ICE passenger van, and just convert it to an… Read more »

So says the shill for fossil fuels and serial anti-Tesla troll.

Go back to sucking on your “clean diesel”.

Canada is hitting a happy 0,7% ,same climate,amazingly different awareness…

Always worth mentioning is that this is before the affordable 200 mile BEVs and before Toyota plugins (having a number of top selling models in Norway).

Late next year when stay start coming will be interesting.