2013 (Q1) Norway: Best-Selling Electric Vehicles

The Nissan Leaf remains Norway鈥檚 favorite electric car taking three-quarters of the total market for super-clean vehicles in the first quarter of 2013.

Nissan Leaf at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show

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聽Norsk Elbilforening聽/ OFV were:

MakeQ1 /2013Q1 /2012% Change% Market Share2012 Full Year2011 Full Year
1Nissan Leaf1,04961271742,487381
2Mitsubishi i-MiEV132168-2196721,050
3Ford Connect Electr8651,62063141
4Citroen C-Zero4454-193558210
5Peugeot iOn4057-303447217
6Renault Kangoo ZE4000300
7Think City57-29022133
8Mia4000130
9Smart ED300000
9Tesla Roadster37-5703834
11Buddy24-50024125
12Tazzari15-8001034
Others38-6303217
Total Electric Sales1,412927聽524,3582,242

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鈥檚 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.

About the author:

Henk Bekker

Henk Bekker is a freelance writer with over 20 years of experience in online writing. His best-selling cars website has been reporting car sales statistics since 2008 with classic car auction prices focusing on the most expensive automobiles sold at public auctions in the past decade. He also owns the travel websites European-Traveler.com and Lake Geneva Switzerland. Henk holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Finance from the University of London.