Now almost everyone chooses an electric car

The electric cars continue to flow in Norway. In June, almost 65 per cent of all newly registered passenger cars were electric cars. So far this year, the share is 57 percent.

At the same time, we know that there is a significant order backlog – for cars that have been ordered but not delivered yet.

If we look a little behind the numbers, there are also other interesting aspects here. It turns out that as many as 77 percent of those who buy the car themselves, ie private customers, choose an electric car.

In the commercial market, the transition to electric cars is significantly slower. Only 37.3 percent of passenger cars registered here are electric cars. About half of new cars sold in Norway are bought by business customers, this includes public enterprises.

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The electric car association is not surprisingly concerned about these figures:

Christina Bu is general secretary of the Norwegian Electric Car Association. Photo: NTB Scanpix

– If we are to be on schedule for the 2025 goal, the electric car share must rise to well over 60 percent this year. If we had been far past that, it would not have been for the companies to reduce their share of electric cars considerably, says Secretary General Christina Bu.

The 2025 goal is a political decision that no new petrol and diesel cars will be sold in this country by this year. Whether this is realistic or not has been hotly debated ever since it was adopted.

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Many new electric vans

In the first half of 2021, the market share for electric passenger cars was 57 per cent. For electric vans, the figure is much lower. Even with a sharp upswing in 2020, the electric car share among vans is only 18.8 percent. 80 percent of van buyers still choose to buy a car with a diesel engine.

This is despite the fact that a number of new and electric vans have come onto the market, especially in the last year. When we know that many vans are used in cities and suburbs, it will have a significant local environmental effect to switch from diesel to zero emissions here.

Of the 3,486 new vans in June, only 637 were electric cars. The best seller here is the Volkswagen Transporter / Caravelle.

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Tesla Model 3 has made a comeback on the bestseller throne and is Norway's best-selling passenger car in the first half of this year.

Tesla Model 3 has made a comeback on the bestseller throne and is Norway’s best-selling passenger car in the first half of this year.

– The new people’s car

The best-selling passenger car in Norway so far this year is the Tesla Model 3. A price cut of NOK 50,000 earlier this year contributed to record sales of this in June. With a total of 6,270 copies, the Model 3 thus reigns supreme.

In second place is the Toyota RAV4. This is sold both as a traditional hybrid – and rechargeable hybrid. The latter accounts for around 80 percent of sales here.

– Tesla Model 3 is the new people’s car in Norway. At the same time, we see that many Norwegians want larger SUVs and similarly where electric cars still compete worse than, for example, Toyota RAV4, says Christina Bu.

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These are the best sellers first half of 2021

1. Tesla Model 3: 6.270

2. Toyota RAV4: 5.316

3. Volvo XC40: 4,326 (3212 electric cars, the rest is rechargeable hybrid)

4. Volkswagen ID.4: 4.237

5. Audi e-tron: 3,129

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