Norway lost to Germany the first place in electric vehicle sales in Europe, as in the first quarter the Germans bought 70% more electric models than last year

According to the results of the first quarter of 2018, Norway gave way to Germany in the ranking of the most "electromobile "Of the countries of Europe. During the first three months of this year, the Germans bought 17574 electric cars (including battery and plug-in hybrids), which is 73.4% more than in the same period last year.

According to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), this result was enough , to first overtake Norway (with the result of 16,182 electric models), whose inhabitants are famous for their exceptionally positive attitude towards electric cars. Among European leaders, Spain (+ 53.4%) and France (15.3%) also account for the growth in demand for electric models, while Britain (9.8%) and Italy (9.0%) remain rather conservative in This plan.

However, the number of electric models is still too small against the background of the results of classical models. So, the leader in sales of the first quarter in Europe was expected to be petrol cars (share 55.5% – 2,303,129 units) with an increase of 14.6%, diesel models (the share of 37.9% – 1.574,333 units), followed by a decrease of 17% , on the third – cars on alternative fuel (6.5%), including electric cars with a share of 1.7% of all cars sold.

In Europe, the demand for cars with alternative propulsion systems in the first quarter of 2018 grew by 26.9%. During this period, 34.3% more clean electric vehicles were purchased and 60.2% more plug-in hybrids, while the total sales of electrified models amounted to 69,898 units, which is 47% higher than the year before. During the same period, 139,556 hybrid cars (HEV) were sold, which is 25.7% more than a year ago.

Experts note that in the last year on the streets of major cities in Germany, electric cars Tesla Model S / X / 3, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf and others. At the same time, Tesla's dominance is the same as in Norway (last year the company took only 31th place in Germany's sales ranking, while Norway is Tesla's third-largest market after the US and China) due to the fact that electric cars began to buy more conservative users, who value reliability and the familiar brand is stronger than manufacturability. The situation for Tesla will be further aggravated in the coming years, when Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW, Audi and other major European (and not only) automakers will mass-produce electromobiles.

Recall that in December 2017, 52% of car buyers in Norway have chosen electric models, the same figure for the entire 2017 was 39%. Thus, every second sold in Norway in December 2017 (and every third by the end of the year) the car is a full-fledged electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid. Taking into account only "clean" electric vehicles, their share in the sales structure grew to 21% at the end of 2017, compared to 16% at the end of 2016. As a result, Norway is going to completely ban the sale of all gasoline and diesel cars as early as 2025.

Sources: Stuff, ACEA

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