BMW i3 was the best selling car last month in Norway

BMW i3 in Norway

BMW is really pushing the i3 sales lately and we can see it more clearly now that we start to get the last month’s registration numbers.

The BMW i3 was the most sold car – electric or not – in Norway last month, with 1.014 units registered. It was the only vehicle model to reach a four digits figure.

The Hyundai IONIQ (hybrid and electric versions) also did good, it got the seventh place, with 321 units registered. But this car is still supply constrained. I think we’ll see Hyundai announce a big production increase in early next year. This car deserves it.


Below we have the top registered vehicle models in Norway (November):

  1. BMW i3: 1.014
  2. Volkswagen Golf: 905
  3. Toyota RAV4: 513
  4. Volkswagen Tiguan: 406
  5. Mitsubishi Outlander: 406
  6. Skoda Octavia: 348
  7. Hyundai IONIQ: 321
  8. Toyota Auris: 320
  9. Volkswagen Passat: 316
  10. Toyota Yaris: 311


BMW knows that the competition is increasing and now it’s the right time to sell as many i3 as possible. BMW i3 advertising on TV and online increases every day, it’s hard to not notice it.

I can’t think in a better electric car for cold climates like we have in Norway or Canada. Its skinny tires easily cut their way through the snow and the carbon-fiber reinforced plastic body makes this electric car rust proof. The only thing missing it’s an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) variant. Maybe the upcoming sportier version BMW i3S gets it next year…


Were you surprised with the BMW i3’s sales performance lately?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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5 years ago

BMW did push the sales up a little bit by registering some cars a little earlier than normal, i.e. they registered the car on the buyer before receiving a cleared payment which isn’t usual business practice. They pushed for November like Tesla pushed for Q3, it’s good PR and I have no problem with it.

I’m happy to see high sales of the i3 because it is a “real” EV and it has battery heating. The e-Golf is terrible in cold weather when it comes to charging and range. I see that the Ioniq has a battery heater specified but does anyone know if it is like the Leaf (which only protects the battery from damage in below -20C) or if it is an “active” one like the i3?

5 years ago

does Nissan not sell their cars in Norway? or is the Leaf now really so bad that no-one wants it anymore and it doesn’t show up in top10? 🙂 i’m also waiting for the specs of the next version which hopefully comes out sooner than later…

5 years ago
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There are more than 27 000 Leaf registered in Norway, so we don’t exactly hate it, but the car is is getting old. There were registered 435 Leaf in November but only 238 of these were sold new from dealers. This shows there is a high share of used imports although used may be a loose term, the cars can be a couple of years old or they may be a brand new car registered in Germany for a week and then sold to Norway for example.

5 years ago

Another interesting thing I’m seeing: Here in Norway, it appears that only a better EV can compete with an EV… What we’re seeing here is that overall, for new cars, diesel has been dropping like a stone, while gasoline has remained constant. So, far fewer ICE cars are coming onto the roads. Meanwhile, the second hand prices are good, so there is a sizeable fraction of people who are buying used cars in anticipation of better EVs, myself included (I have a Zoe, just bought a used Outlander 2013 7-seater). We’re also seeing that BEV sales are volatile, and so the BEV sales were temporarily dropping as people were waiting for the upgrades on the major BEVs (eGolf, i3, and to a lesser extent Zoe and Leaf), and possibly also looking ahead to the Bolt.

I would say that in Norway, car makers need not fear that their BEVs will eat into their ICE sales, because people’s minds are already made up, they will not buy another new pure ICE car, they will rather wait for a EV that can fulfill their needs or buy a second hand car while waiting.

John Doe
4 years ago

As of May 19th 2017 – this is the overall electric car sales.

Model: Number of cars sold:

1. BMW i3 2259
2. Nissan Leaf 1722
3. VW Golf 1403
4. Renault Zoe 916
5. Tesla Model X 821
6. Mercedes B-klasse 669
7. Hyundai Ioniq 651
8. Tesla Model S 568
9. VW Up 286
10. Kia Soul 220
11. Mitsubishi i-MiEV 96
12. Peugeot iOn 90
13. Nissan NV200 82
14. Opel Ampera-e 66
15. Citroën C-Zero 36
16. Ford Focus 20

Keep in mind that this is the over all sales this year. But clearly BMW sells a lot of cars.
A survey showed that the aging and very range limmited triplets Citroën C-Zero, Peugeot iOn, Mitsubishi i-MiEV would almost tripple their sale it they could double the range of their cars with only minor changes to the price.
The same goes for Nissan E-NV200, and another small cargo van from Renault (that nobody is buiing because of rediculous short range. It feels like adding two AA batteries would double the range. It is that bad..

And of course… GM/Opel does clearly not want to sell their electric car. They are not able to deliver. Over 4000 people in line to buy it, and they will not get the car until 2018-2019.. I’m sure that makes BMW and VW happy. Many are not going to wait that long for a cheap electric car with a long range. They have clearly spent all the money on the battery, and the rest is dirt cheap,
Hyundai could have sold twice as many, but they are not able to meet demand. But at least they are able to deliver cars.