As we recently reported, Norway’s EV sales are about to skyrocket to a new high with the arrival of Tesla Model 3 and we are now already starting to see the evidence of that as the new vehicle hits the roads in the country.
Last year, electric car sales grew by 40% in Norway — 31.2 percent of all passenger car sales were all-electric vehicles and when adding all plug-in vehicles, it increases to 49.1 percent of the market.
That’s already a lot more than any other market in the world, but Norway is expected to push EV sales a lot higher in 2019 thanks to new electric vehicles hitting the market and offering new options.
Tesla’s Model 3 is expected to be the one having the greatest impact.
Registration data shows that Tesla already delivered over 600 Model 3 vehicles in Norway this month after the first boat arrived last week.
For Tesla, it easily pushed its deliveries to a new record high for February (via Teslastat Norway):
It’s only the beginning because Tesla has already received over 5,000 orders for the Model 3 in Norway.
More vehicles are expected in the coming weeks.
Also, that’s with only the two most expensive versions of the Model 3 available for sale in Europe: Long Range AWD and Performance versions.
According to the registration data, deliveries are split about 50/50 for the two versions.
Interestingly, Tesla’s Model S and Model X sales in Norway are still strong with the arrival of the Model 3.
The automaker has delivered almost twice as many of its two flagship vehicles this month than it did in February last year.
I’m really excited about the Model 3 arriving in Norway because I think it will push overall EV sales in the country to new highs and show the world what kind of adoption rate EVs can have if you do things right.
I see Tesla delivering several thousand Model 3 vehicles in Norway by the end of the quarter and over 10,000 units throughout the year – increasing Tesla’s overall fleet in the country by over 25% this year.
When you add the introduction of the Audi e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQC, and the ramp-up of the Kona EV, Niro EV, and a few other electric cars, I would bet that all-electric vehicle sales will represent over 70% of new passenger vehicle sales in Norway in 2019.
This is going to be a great example for the rest of the world.