Top 6 electric cars in Norway: February

Top 6 electric car registrations in Norway

Boosted by first deliveries of the new-generation, in February the Nissan Leaf was the most registered electric car in Norway. While there were some units of the out-going model registered, the new-generation contributed the most for this month Nissan Leaf registrations.

Norway is the country that sets the example for electric car adoption around the world. For this reason is always important to see how this market develops.

Let’s see the registration figures for February.


Top 6 in February

  1. Nissan Leaf: 962
  2. Volkswagen e-Golf: 565
  3. BMW i3: 427
  4. Kia Soul EV: 422
  5. Hyundai IONIQ Electric: 207
  6. Renault Zoe: 85


Nissan Leaf

First deliveries of the new-generation started in February and boosted Nissan Leaf registration figures in Norway. Not surprisingly, it seems that most of the current European Nissan Leaf production goes straight to Norway.


Volkswagen e-Golf

This is an electric car that Norwegians love and it’s not unusual to see it as the best selling car in Norway (electric or not). However, with the arrival of new electric cars, Volkswagen risks losing its bragging rights…

Since the ID hatchback won’t arrive before late 2019 or early 2020, Volkswagen should consider upgrading the current battery to 48 kWh this year. This would be possible with the 50 Ah PHEV2 battery cells that Samsung SDI will start producing this year in its Hungarian plant. Currently Volkswagen e-Golf battery has 37 Ah PHEV2 cells.


BMW i3

Considering that it’s not a secret that this electric car will get a battery upgrade to 42,62 kWh later this year, current sales aren’t as bad as they could be.


Kia Soul EV

This is an electric car that you either love it or hate it. Its boxy shape is great for interior space, but sucks for aerodynamics and efficiency. With a new generation coming later this year, it’ll get more range and possibly CHAdeMO replaced in favor of CCS.


Hyundai IONIQ Electric

Since this electric car is constrained by production, not by demand, doesn’t make sense to compare its registration numbers with others.


Renault Zoe

Renault’s electric supermini had a great start in January, but in February registrations dropped really hard. The announcement of a new R110 version coming this summer surely didn’t help sales.


Summing up, Norwegians are so eager to buy electric cars that it won’t be the best nor the most affordable electric car to sell the most units. Instead, the best selling electric car in Norway will definitely be the one which isn’t production constrained and hasn’t huge waiting times. The 2018 Nissan Leaf is poised to dominate this year’s sales. Nonetheless, in 2019 the Tesla Model 3 should take over.



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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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3 years ago

Exactly 760 New Leaf Vins registered in February:) This is risky bussiness but Vins starts at SJNFAAZE1U0000074
and ends at SJNFAAZE1U0007557. Perhaps there is indicator for Europes Leaf production. It seems possible that between december and half of february they produced some 7.5k Leafs. A lot of them still in transit or going through QC. But we will have to wait for oficial nissan data I suppose. In January BAIC EC-Series sold almost 8k. But global Leaf Sales for February might even pass that. Us sales started already as well. Will be interesting.

3 years ago
Reply to  mg

Yes, I think you’re right. The Leaf could start selling more than 8 or 9K per month globally.

I’ve seen a couple of checkins on PlugShare in my area in Ontario Canada, so apparently they’re already being delivered here too.

3 years ago
Reply to  mg

I’ve been too optimistic. US sales are under 900 and some od those are previous generation. In France Leaf didn’t make it into top 100 models(less than 750 YTD). I have hopes for UK sales, perhaps Netherland but it will be not enough. I think 1k for North America 3k for Japan and 2-3k for Europe. 6-7k would be still impressive however.

3 years ago

What happens to TESLA here?

3 years ago
Reply to  Francesc

What do you mean? Didn’t you see it? Right at the top, They sold 100000 to 200000 model 3’s last year and they are on track to 500000 this year. They sold so many in fact that it’s off the charts. That’s why you don’t see it 🙂

3 years ago

Where is Tesla ?

3 years ago

Norway is interesting as a pioneer EV country, but what matters most about our tiny little country in this cause is the effect, if any, we’re having on other, more consequential markets. I’m delighted to note that plug-in sales (even though I see PHEVs as largely irrelevant) worldwide increased nearly 90% year-over-year in January.

It is a bit worrying that there seems to be so many supply-constrained vehicles on the market though. If this is just due to manufacturers playing the waiting game and selling low volumes of EVs now basically just in preparation for 2020 and beyond, I wouldn’t be worried as that problem would go away by itself pretty soon. But if it is instead, as I have seen some reports claim, due to lithium supply being really slow to ramp up, it is a worry, as only just over 1% of cars manufactured now are BEVs or PHEVs. In absolute terms, it is obviously a much bigger jump from, say, 8% to 16% than 0.5% to 1%… Do you have an opinion about why so many EVs are in short supply, and whether that’s likely to be a problem over the next decade?

Marcel Guldemond
3 years ago
Reply to  Terawatt

Yes, what Pedro said. Michael Leibrich thinks that there might be a short temporary price increase in the raw materials, but as new mines come on line globally, that’ll go away in a few years. The miners see the demand already, so it’s only a matter of time before they’ll figure out how to get the supply in place.

Marcel Guldemond
3 years ago
Reply to  Terawatt

It’s also a bit of a chicken and egg problem though, except for Tesla, and maybe the Chinese manufacturers. The rest are waiting for the battery companies to make their expansion, but expansion is risky for them if they don’t have the signed contracts in hand first.

Marcel Guldemond
3 years ago

Also, Norway’s example is indeed great for the rest of the world, even if it is a small market. Now no one can say that transport electrification can’t be done, as we can plainly see that it can, and quickly.

As well, I think major impacts start to happen well before EVs are a majority of the market. They just have to remove 2mbpd / a few percent of oil demand, so once they’re at 10-20% of vehicles, and then the oil companies’ stock valuations will tumble, because their long term futures of no longer look like a sure thing. Their value is based on all of their reserves, and as soon as it looks like they might not be able to mine all their reserves, their value drops just like it did with all the coal companies. This will be an accelerating feedback driving more people to EVs, I hope.

As well, this makes the Tesla Semi incredibly important, since each of those trucks will cut into oil demand very dramatically.