Published on April 7th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Norway’s Insane March Plug-in Car Sales

April 7th, 2014 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

There’s a good chance you’ve heard about Tesla’s record-smashing sales in Norway in March. Well, now I’ve got the full breakdown of Norway’s electric car and plug-in hybrid electric car sales last month. (Note that you can change between March & YTD sales in the interactive chart above.)

Obviously, the Tesla Model S crushed it last month. The next five electric cars—the Nissan LEAF, VW e-Up!, BMW i3, and Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in—formed a clear second tier.

If you switch to YTD sales, it’s a slightly different story. The Model S is still #1, but the Nissan LEAF isn’t as far behind. Pretty far below those but above the rest are the VW e-Up! and the BMW i3. A strong 5th is the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in.

In terms of electric car market share, the Model S has 48% in March and has 36% YTD; the Nissan LEAF had 14% in March and has 27% YTD; both in March and YTD, the VW e-Up! has about 12%, the BMW i3 has about 11%, and the Mitsubishi Outlander has about 8%.

As with Sweden, Norway had more plug-in car sales in March than in both January and February combined. March was actually a strong month in countries across Europe, as well as in the US.

Check out more Norway EV news here. And be sure to check out these Norway Tesla facts if you missed them.

As always, here are static images of the charts above:

Norway EV Sales YTD March

Norway EV Sales March

Data via DinSide + Grønn Bil + EV Sales Blogspot

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  • mapxx1

    Norway will continue these subsidies because they make sense on so many levels. They help the country to meet CO2 targets, they give Norway a green image and most importantly, Norway is a huge exporter of oil – therefore the less they have to use at home the more they can export and the more money they can bring into Norway. The EV incentives pay for themselves, the electricity in Norway comes from hydropower and the government can easily cope with the larger demand for electricity.

  • Oddme

    This is an informative site in English about how this happened and the future of EV’s in Norway:

  • DogrucuDavut

    Norway is the at the front of EV revolution. Reason to this high demand is high oil price. Norway is the top country for oil price after Turkey. Accept or not majority of people in the earth is not worried about environment but their resources otherwise we should not talk about climate change. This is the machine of life. The main motive is saving resources(energy bils). Car producers are USA centric but oil prices are low in USA according to Europe. I suggest Tesla to go to high oil price contries esp. Turkey. There wil be huge demand more than Norway. Oil Price is same but if you take account the PPP average Turkish consumers suffer much more than average Norwagian consumers. Tesla S competitors sells high numbers in Turkey. Tesla and EV producers must be in Turkey.

    • D Wright

      You didn’t mention that Norway is blessed with abundant hydro power ideal for electric cars. Norway is also a major oil producer which is why the country is so wealthy.
      Factor in the carbon footprint Norwegians sell to the rest of the world and it’s not so pretty.
      Tesla will get to these other countries once it puts in place the capacity to do so. Elon Musk is this century’s Henry Ford.

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