Almost 40% of Norway’s new cars are hybrids and EVs
The large majority of the alternative drivetrain vehicles registered in Norway so far this year have been plug-in hybrid or electric models. Almost a third (28.3%) of new cars can be driven using mains-supplied electricity, split almost equally between plug-in hybrids and fully electric cars. Last year, 80% of plug-ins registered in Norway were fully electric.
However, there’s been a shift in demand. Pure electric vehicles – which includes eight hydrogen fuel cell vehicles – accounted for 15.1% of the market (11,752 vehicles) in the first half of 2016. That’s a reduction of 1,916 units compared to 2015, when 18.4% of new registrations were electric.
Most of the growth came from plug-in hybrids. A total of 10,279 PHEVs were registered during the first half of the year, compared to 3,827 in 2015. That’s a 168.6% increase, and PHEV sales stand to outstrip pure electric models during the second half of 2016, based on current growth figures.
Sales of conventional hybrids – without a plug-in range – numbered 8,076 units, up 62.0% on the 4,984 registered during the same period of 2015, according to the OFV’s data.