In Norway, new electric car registrations have somewhat increased again: After a slight decline in April, more than 10,000 new electric cars were put on the road in May. The most popular model in Norway last month was by far the Tesla Model Y.
Although the 10,773 new electric cars in May exceed the 7,471 new electric vehicles registered in April, they do not come close to the more than 16,800 new electric vehicles registered at the end of the first quarter in March. But even compared to the same month last year, the result represents an increase: in May 2022, 8,445 new electric cars were put on the road, and now there are 2,328 more units.
Across all drive types, 13,342 new cars were registered in Norway in May, according to the Road Information Agency. This is 1,805 more vehicles than in May 2022, or an increase of 15.4 per cent. As pure electric cars have increased by 2,328 units year-on-year, they have grown faster than the overall market.
Electric cars accounted for 80.7 per cent of all new car registrations in May – up from 73.2 per cent in May 2022. In March 2023, however, the share of electric cars was already significantly higher at 86.8 per cent.
It is noticeable that registrations of plug-in hybrids continue to decline in Norway. While there were still 3,221 new PHEVs in May 2021, their registrations fell to 1,375 units in May 2022 and even further to 703 new plug-in hybrids this year. This means that PHEVs still have a market share of 5.3 per cent. However, full hybrids (3.0 per cent), petrol cars (1.2 per cent) and diesel vehicles (2.1 per cent) have even smaller market shares. As before, the OFV does not report fuel cell cars separately.
However, these figures should be treated with caution in May, because the figures published by the OFV do not add up completely: The 399 full hybrids and 703 PHEVs add up to 1,102 hybrids – but elsewhere there is talk of 2,134 hybrids. Either this is a transcription error or the 1,032 vehicles are mild hybrids, which the OFV does not classify as either pure internal combustion vehicles or “non-chargeable hybrids” (original: “Hybridbiler ikke ladbare”). With the 7.7 per cent market share, the individual drive types would also add up to 100 per cent.
The situation is clearer when looking at the individual model series: The most popular model in Norway last month was by far the Tesla Model Y with 2,691 new registrations. The VW ID.4 (738) and the BMW iX1 (594) follow in second and third place in the model ranking.
They are followed by the hybrid model Toyota RAV4 (580), the Volvo XC40 (539), the Skoda Enyaq (387) and the Audi Qa e-tron (386) ahead of the Ford Mustang Mach-E (372). Also worth mentioning is the VW ID. Buzz, which has 308 new registrations in the pure passenger car evaluation. In addition, there are 174 ID. Buzz Cargo, which were registered as light commercial vehicles (“Varebiler”) – making a total of 482 ID. Buzz.
With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany.