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A market where most new cars sold are 100% electric and do not emit a single gram of CO2 when used, a simple utopia for the moment? No, Norway constitutes a very interesting case study in this respect, a model from which some would certainly like to draw inspiration. However, even if the Nordic kingdom has taken a certain and, frankly, considerable lead on its audacious objective of 100% new zero-emission cars by 2025, the last steps seem the most difficult to climb.
The share of electric vehicles still increasing in 2023
While the share of electric vehicles among new car sales already stood at a very comfortable 79.3% in 2022, it increased further in 2023 to reach 82.4%. All other types of engines are in decline, whether gasoline (-1.3% point in market share), plug-in hybrids (-1 point) or even diesel (-0.6 point) .
The ranking of the best-selling vehicles (visible below) is still as astonishing as in previous years with a profusion of electric models which, for the most part here, do not meet the same success and do not sell as much despite consumers much more numerous. Without much surprise, the Tesla Model Y proudly sits at the top of sales. The ID.4, which VW is generally struggling to sell, is 2nd. Nice 6th place also for the Mustang Mach-E which is even less far from being a success elsewhere. However, we note some anomalies in this list which will illustrate the rest of our argument.
Top 10 best-selling cars in Norway last year
- Tesla Model Y: 23,088 units
- VW ID.4: 6,614 units
- Skoda Enyaq: 5,740 units
- Toyota bZ4X: 5,395 units
- Volvo XC40: 5,025 units
- Ford Mustang Mach-E: 3,792 units
- Toyota Yaris: 3,582 units
- Toyota RAV4: 3457 units
- VW ID.3: 3,141 units
- Hyundai Kona: 2,991 units
The anomalies in question are the two Toyotas appearing in 7th and 8th place, models which do not exist in electric and are only offered with hybrid engines (rechargeable hybrid also for the SUV). The success of the Yaris and RAV4 continues over time, and that is a cause for concern. We said that all types of engines were in decline, this is not true for the hybrid which gained a little in market share in 2023, very slightly of course with +0.2 points.
Rising prices and interest rates, the introduction of a tax on electric cars costing more than half a million crowns (around €67,000) or even a tax on weight, the purchasing power of Norwegian motorists has been hit hard. In fact, they tended to buy less on the one hand (decrease in registrations of 27% compared to 2022) and on the other hand to turn away for some towards more accessible hybrid and plug-in hybrid technologies (stable market share for the latter in 2023).
Towards an even greater drop in volumes?
Hence the questions of the organization responsible for sharing registration details (OVF) : “the question is whether politicians have taken a turn a little too sharply with their new taxes on electric cars, because it will be difficult to achieve the goal that all new passenger cars must be zero emission from 2025”. The situation is all the more worrying as order intake is particularly low at the start of the year. Nothing says that the objective will not be respected in 2025 but this could be done at the cost of a very sharp drop in volumes. An advantage could be the democratization of lower category electric cars with more aggressive prices, even if most will not arrive before at least 2025.
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To sum up
A paradise for zero-emission models, the Kingdom of Norway could nevertheless encounter some difficulties in achieving its ambitious objective which is, remember, to ensure that all new cars sold from next year are 100% electric. Explanations.
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