6,660 electric cars sold in Norway in January
The Norwegian car market started the new year with 6,660 newly registered electric cars. Electric vehicles accounted for 83.7 percent of new registrations in Norway in January. In the model classification, an MEB SUV was at the top – but not a Volkswagen.
Compared to January 2021, the 6,660 e-cars are an increase of almost 22 percent – at that time there were 5,461 e-cars. Of course, the usual comparison of the current year does not apply to the January figures. Another small note: The term “electric car” includes all purely electrically powered cars, i.e. with batteries and fuel cells. The Norwegian statistics list “zero-emission passenger cars”, which also corresponds to this definition. Of the 6,660 electric cars in January, only one was a hydrogen car, as were 6,659 BEVs.
Compared to the strong December 2021 with 13,803 new electric cars, January was a minus of 52 percent. But: According to the Norwegian Road Information Authority (OFV), January 2022 was the weakest start to the year since 2009: only 7,957 cars were newly registered in January this year, 2,344 cars fewer than a year ago (-22.8 percent). The BEV share was thus 83.7 percent. In the previous month it was 67.1 percent, in January 2021 only 53 percent.
539 new plug-in hybrids were added to the 6,659 BEVs and one FCEV. Compared to January 2021 (2,848 PHEV), this is a decrease of 81.2 percent, non-rechargeable hybrids also lost 55.6 percent. This means that PHEV had a market share of 6.8 percent in January, which means that 90.5 percent of all new registrations had a charging connection. The market share of pure gasoline engines was 2.2 percent (175 units) in January, the share of pure diesel cars was 2.7 percent (212 vehicles).
The model ranking in January was led by the Audi Q4 e-tron, which recorded 643 registrations in the OFV statistics. It was followed by the Hyundai Ioniq 5 with 477 and the BMW iX with 444 new registrations. Fourth place is shared by two other MEB SUVs, the Skoda Enyaq and the VW ID.4, each with 389 new registrations. Sixth place was also shared with 356 new registrations each, here between the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Kia EV6. It is followed by the Audi e-tron (289 vehicles) ahead of the Toyota RAV4, which is the first non-BEV to appear in the statistics with 271 new registrations. The Polestar 2 closes the top 10 with 261 registrations – ahead of the Nissan Leaf, Mercedes EQA and EQC.
In the “EU EVs” portal, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is at the top of the January ranking, as the Audi Q4 e-tron and the Q4 e-tron Sportback are counted as two models here. If you add the 160 Sportbacks to the 463 Q4 e-tron (i.e. Plat 2), the Q4 e-tron is also ahead here – but only with 623 vehicles, 20 fewer than in the OFV statistics. In the race for fourth place, the Enyaq is one vehicle ahead of the ID.4 and sixth place goes to the Kia EV6, four vehicles ahead of the Mustang Mach-E.
Since Audi has two models in the top 10, the Q4 e-tron and the e-tron quattro, the Ingolstadt company is ahead of Hyundai (704 vehicles), VW (659 new registrations) and Kia (616 new registrations). the brand ranking with 952 applications and 12 percent market share. So far, the VW Group and Hyundai-Kia have been ahead of the game. Tesla, which had the two best-selling models in December with the Model Y and the Model 3, had registered only 47 vehicles in January. Tesla deliveries depend on the transport ships from Shanghai and are expected in February and March.