Plug-In Vehicles Half of Car Sales in Norway

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Norway has become one of the world’s most coveted grounds for all-electric cars, with pure EVs now accounting for nearly half of all the country’s new vehicle sales, according to a Clean Technica report. You probably can already guess which car company is leading the charge – it’s Tesla.

  • Plug-in vehicles accounted for 56% of all car sales in Norway in 2019.
  • Fully-electric cars made up 42% of all new vehicle sales in 2019.
  • Tesla ranks as the top-selling EV brand in Norway, with the Model 3 being the best-selling electric car in the country in 2019.

Tesla Model 3The Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling electric vehicle in Norway in 2019. (Photo: Tesla)

A huge hit

Although Germany passed Norway to become the largest European market for EVs last year, Norway still boasts the largest percentage of EV sales, with year-over-year marketshare increases for both plug-in hybrids and EVs. Plug-in car marketshare increased by 7% compared to 2018 and EVs surged 11% from 2018.

The Tesla Model 3 was the top-seller, with 15,683 units sold. It also ranked as the top electric vehicle sold in December in Norway in 2019, with 1,251 units sold to close out the year. The rest of the top five electric vehicles sold in Norway in 2019: The Volkswagen e-Golf, with 9,195 units sold; the Nissan Leaf, with 6,127 units sold; the Audi e-tron, with 5,377 units sold; and the BMW i3, with 4,877 units sold.

The next vehicle on the list, the Mitsubishi Outlander, sold 4,851 units, and is the first among the PHEVs. Last year’s sales numbers for the Tesla Model X and Model S in Norway were 1,966 units and 1,149 units, respectively.


The electric vehicle sales numbers for Norway not only speak to the growing market for more environmentally-friendly cars in the country, but also the appeal of the Tesla brand.

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