The Nissan Leaf remains Norway’s favorite electric car taking three-quarters of the total market for super-clean vehicles in the first quarter of 2013.
The Norwegian love affair with electric cars continued in 2013 with a 50% increase in the number of super-clean zero-emission vehicles sold during the first quarter of the year. The Nissan Leaf increased its domination of the electric car market in Norway with a market share of 74%. The Ford Connect remained the most popular electric commercial vehicle but is receiving competition from the new Renault Kangoo ZE.
Best-Selling Electric Vehicles in Norway in 2013 (Q1)
New electric vehicle registrations during the first quarter of 2013 in Norway according to car sales statistics released by Norsk Elbilforening / OFV were:
|Make||Q1 /2013||Q1 /2012||% Change||% Market Share||2012 Full Year||2011 Full Year|
|3||Ford Connect Electr||86||5||1,620||6||31||41|
|6||Renault Kangoo ZE||40||0||0||3||0||0|
|Total Electric Sales||1,412||927||52||4,358||2,242|
Top-Selling Electric Vehicles in Norway in 2013 (Q1)
The Nissan Leaf easily remained the most popular electric vehicle in Norway by increasing its total domination of the zero-emissions car market. Nearly three quarters of all new electric vehicles registrations in Norway during the first three months of 2013 were Nissan Leafs.
Although sales of the technologically similar Mitsubishi iMiEV, Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn were sharply down, the cars are sill selling in significant numbers in Norway. In neighboring Sweden these cars became almost impossible to sell. Production of the French marques has ended while the Mitsubishi is clearly falling behind the price-performance offered by the Leaf.
Two electric delivery vehicles have also sold well in Norway: the Ford Connect Electric, which is now receiving competition from the Renault Kangoo ZE.
Norway’s electric car market is expected to continue to grow strongly during 2013. Previously, new vehicles with better battery performance have been a strong incentive to buy electric and several new models are expected on the Norwegian market later in 2013. The Nissan Leaf is due for a small update while the Renault Zoe may finally make it to Norway by the end of 2013. The Tesla Model S is also expected to sell in surprisingly high numbers in Norway from later this year.