83% of new cars in Norway are BEVs
It’s another EV record, and of course it’s in Norway: in the first quarter of 2022, no less than 82.9% of the 32,342 new cars sold in the Nordic country were full-electric BEVs (battery-electric vehicles).
The figure indicates that Norway’s electrification shows no sign of slowing down, even as it nears completion. For comparison, the Q1 2021 figure was 52%, the full-year figure was 64.5%, and that again was an improvement of about 10 percentage points on the previous year.
The share of non-hybrid petrol and diesel cars has crashed to just 3.1% each in the past quarter. No wonder then that Norway looks set to beat its deadline of 2025 for the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles. Most other fast-electrifying countries are aiming for 2030 at best, or otherwise 2035 or even later.
If Norway is the future, that would be excellent news for Tesla, which dominates the EV market in Norway. In March its Model Y (pictured) had the highest market share (20.4%), followed by the Tesla Model 3 (10.4%). The rest of the Top 5 are stuck in the single digits: the VW ID.4 (6.8%), the Audi Q4 e-tron (4.1%) and the Hyundai IONIQ 5 (3.6%).