In Norway, 5,123 new electric cars were registered in July, accounting for 70.7 per cent of all new passenger car registrations for the month. In addition, there were 890 new plug-in hybrids. Among the models, the Skoda Enyaq led the ranking in Norway in July with 673 registrations.
With the 5,123 new electric cars, electric vehicle sales more than halved compared to June – the previous month there were 11,722 new electric cars. Even compared to July 2021, when there were 6,731 new electric cars, this is a drop of more than 23 per cent. Obviously, several factors come together here: The first month of a quarter drops thousands of new Tesla models, which are usually registered in the last month of a quarter. In addition, there is the holiday season, which traditionally makes July one of the weaker months in Norway – across all drive types, 7,247 new cars were still registered, which is a drop of 31 per cent. Here the third reason hits home: The general supply chain problems worldwide.
In Norway, it is now becoming apparent that electric cars are also increasingly affected by a lack of semiconductors and logistics bottlenecks: On an annual basis, the EV share of new registrations did increase from 64.0 per cent in July 2021 to 70.7 per cent. In June 2022, however, 78.7 per cent of all new registrations in Norway were purely electric.
In addition to the pure electric cars – the Norwegian authority OFV does not distinguish between BEVs and FCEVs, but fuel cell cars only account for a very small share – there were just 890 plug-in hybrids in July. Compared to the same month last year, this is a decline of 58.9 per cent, and for the current year (7,251 new PHEVs) the drop is 69.1 per cent. In July, PHEVs had a market share of 12.3 per cent, which means that 83 per cent of all new cars in Norway had a charging connection.
On the other hand, pure combustion engines were able to increase their market share, albeit at a manageable level. The 247 new petrol cars represent a market share of 3.4 per cent, the 332 diesel vehicles are equivalent to 4.6 per cent of the total market. On average in 2022, both internal combustion engines were at 3.5 per cent each – in the same period in 2021, they were at five per cent each.
Among the models, the Skoda Enyaq was ahead in July, as mentioned above. The OFV statistics list the Czech MEB SUV with 673 registrations, while the EU-EVs portal lists 654 Enyaqs – the Enyaq Coupé is not yet included in the statistics. Second place goes to the sister model VW ID.4 from Zwickau with 649 new registrations – the ID.5 is rated separately with 227 examples (rank 6). Behind the two MEB SUVs, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 completes the podium with a clear lead – 279 vehicles of the Korean 800-volt electric vehicle were registered.
The fourth and fifth places, ahead of the ID.5, go to two models from China: the MG ZS EV was newly registered 268 times, and according to the OFV, 238 BYD Tang EVs were put on the road in July. Here, the two registration statistics differ slightly from each other: In the OFV, the Ford Mustang Mach-E now follows with 238 units. In the evaluation of EU-EVs, which is usually updated on a daily basis, the BYD Tang is listed with 229 examples, closely followed by the ID.5 with 227 vehicles, the Mustang Mach-E comes here with 220 new registrations. What both statistics have in common is that no other model has more than 200 new registrations.
A quick look at other selected models: With the Marvel R, MG has another model with triple-digit new registrations, the MG5 is only slightly below this mark with 86 new registrations. With 89 new registrations, the Mercedes EQB beats the Audi Q4 e-tron by two units. The Tesla Model Y came in at just 38 new registrations, the Model 3 at 7 – probably stragglers from June. Other models built in China, such as the BMW iX3, also only achieved single-digit new registrations. Interestingly, more Chinese manufacturers are bringing their e-cars to Norway. For example, 37 Nio ES8s, 23 FAW EHS9s, 13 Xpeng P7s, two Geometry Cs from Geely and also some Golden Dragon vehicles were registered in Norway in July.
With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany.
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