By Nicolas Zart and Zachary Shahan
If you ever need to see what the world of electric mobility (e-mobility) will look like, Norway offers a glimpse into our future and a template to follow. More than half of the cars sold in Norway had a plug last month.
Norway Leads The Global Clean Car Sales Record For 2017
In general, Scandinavian countries have been working hard to offer a blueprint for the future of energy.
Norway has wholeheartedly embraced electric vehicles (EV), with sales of hybrids, plug-in hybrids (PHEV), and pure EVs shooting passed 50% — to 57% — in 2017 and plug-in vehicle sales already shooting past 50% market share in December 2017 and March 2018, putting the country far ahead of the curve.
Denmark has been a clear leader with wind energy, but has had mixed results with electric vehicles; while Sweden has been moderate with both. But there’s no game in town that compares to Norway on EVs and driving with no-emission electricity.
In 2017, “fully electric cars had a market share of 20.8% and PHEVs had 18.4%.” The split in Q1 2018 was 28.7% and 19.2%. That means that after a year of 39% plug-in vehicle sales, the next quarter landed 48% plug-in vehicle sales. The total in March 2018 was 56%!
“No one else is close,” stated OFV head Oeyvind Solberg Thorsen, when speaking about the country’s high electric vehicle and hybrid market-share. “For the first time we have a fossil-fuel market share below 50%.”
What are the most popular electric vehicles — er, vehicles — in Norway? Have a look:
|Top 20 Cars in Norway (Q1 2018)||# of Registrations||Market Share||# of Plug-In Hybrids|
|Nissan LEAF (EV)||2998||8.9%|
|BMW i3 (EV)||1519||4.5%|
|Volkswagen e-Golf (EV)||1419||4.2%|
|Tesla Model X (EV)||885||2.6%|
|Tesla Model S (EV)||814||2.4%|
|Renault Zoe (EV)||768||2.3%|
|Hyundai IONIQ Electric (EV)||541||1.6%|