Sweden EV Sales Climb To A 3.6% Market Share Through November

DEC 13 2016 BY MARK KANE 14

Volkswagen Passat GTE

Volkswagen Passat GTE

Sweden moves forward on a way paved by Norway.  Plug-in electric car share in November climbed to a strong ≈4.2% (3.6% YTD).

Volkswagen Passat GTE

Volkswagen Passat GTE

Last month’s sales in the country is estimated at 1,322 (up 65% year-over-year), reaching 12,195 YTD, which already exceeds full year 2015 by some 3,000, with one month left to add to the number.

The best selling plug-in model in Sweden was again the Volkswagen Passat GTE, which holds 30% of the market (3,654) so far this year.

November / YTD results:

  1. Volkswagen Passat GTE – 295 / 3,654
  2. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV –  280 / 1,556
  3. Volvo V60 PHEV – 121 / 1,102
  4. Volvo XC90 T8 – 73 / 837
  5. Nissan LEAF – 57 / 759
  6. Tesla Model S – 36 / 691
  7. BMW 330e – 63 / 556
  8. BMW i3 – 95 (incl. 28 REx) / 462

Also of note:  The Tesla Model X stands 13th overall with 206 sales this year, 32 of them in November.

Plug-in electric car sales in Sweden – November 2016 (data source: EV Sales Blog)

Plug-in electric car sales in Sweden – November 2016 (data source: EV Sales Blog)

source: EV Sales Blog

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14 Comments on "Sweden EV Sales Climb To A 3.6% Market Share Through November"

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And EV share for the month of November climbing to ~4,2% (3,6% is for the full year to date).

The sales are still pretty weak and we are waiting for the government to introduce higher EV incentives and a bonus/malus system.
Second place is not good enough, especially not when beaten by a very wide margin by the neighbor. But you could say that their EV market is on steroids with those massive incentives and disincentives, just like their skiers (too early?). 😉

Thanks Mikael.

Another Euro point of view

Mikael, I understand your frustration but it would be difficult to replicate your rich neighbor (Norway) EV policy. I mean Sweden does not benefit from the billions of an oil fund that makes such policy affordable.

It costs nothing to put up a system of high taxes on new emitting cars and put that money toward incentives for new low emission cars.

You don’t even have to do much. Even a $5k one time ICE tax and a $5k EV incentive would probably tip the scale. Imagine $10k extra on an ICE sale and an $10k cut on EVs, the shift would be earth shattering.

Every country could do it, you don’t need any oil money.

Most countries in Europe already do it by fuel taxes. Gas is $4-$6 per US gallon there, most of it is various taxes and EV owners don’t need to pay it. It adds up to many thousands per few years of ownership. Plus often you have extra incentives like noblemen lanes and free parking. If even that is not enough, maybe electric car makers (or battery researchers) should work more on price tag and energy density before expecting mainstream adoption.

Gas taxes help to get more fuel efficient cars. But it’s a fairly inefficient way since it doesn’t affect the buyer of new cars much.
Most people don’t buy new cars, but are yet affected by a tax they can’t really control (more than to buy the most fuel efficient used car available in their price range).

What’s needed is a push in the right direction for new car buyers. What car manufacturers and battery companies do is fairly irrelevant, if you create a market then products will be offered and improvements will be made.
Now we need to create that market and kill off the ICE market.

The main reason for more than 100 000 BEVs in Norway is the very high level of taxes on ICE cars.
In combination with excellent incentives om BEVs you get a self propelled system.
Buying a new fossil car in Sweden costs about half of what it does in Norway.

I’m pretty sure things will really get moving once you can go Stockholm-Gothenburg on one charge, i.e. the Bolt. There is a barrier with the range but once it gets big enough the floodgates will open.

I guess you mean starting with full batteries + one REcharge?… (295 miles, you know…)

Another Euro point of view

The Passat GTE is a great PHEV. Does someone here knows when it will get the new eGolf 3.7v cells thus increasing the battery capacity up to 13kwh ?

As a swede I am quite surprised about how many Teslas we have here already, around 2000. I thought it would take longer. We have a nice charging-infrastructure today but lots of people are going the Volvo-path because they are loyal. Volvo seem to sell quite a number of PHEVs though. But once Volvo start selling BEVs the S-curve should REALLY take off.

I will never buy a volvo again, not after their foul lobbying to slack of emissions regulation.

A report about “EV sales” including cars with a tailpipe who will not get plugged in often enough to make a difference is not helpful.

Pease omit cars with less than 25 miles of all electric rage, they are not real.
And report the rest as transitionary cars and zero emission cars.

Nice but I’m waiting for Volvo and Nevs to boost the market.