Norway Becomes Fourth Country In The World With 100,000 Registered Electric Cars.

Up until recently, only the U.S., China and Japan had more than 100,000 plug-in electric cars registered. Now, Norway joins the rare list of nations with 100,000-plus registered plug-ins.

As Hybrid Cars points out: “That bastion of plug-in electrified vehicles – Norway – has outdone itself again in becoming the fourth little nation among comparative giants to register 100,000 units sold.” “Through April, the tally has grown to 100,600 new and some technically used all-electric and plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles, plus pure electric utility vans.” Norway has a long way to go to catch #3 Japan (150,000 plug-in electric cars registered through the end of March 2016), but what amazes us is that Norway went from just over 3,000 plug-ins registered in 2010, to over 100,000 today.

Hybrid Cars provides a breakdown of the numbers as follows: “Of the 100,600 total through April, about 81,500 of these were all-electric passenger vehicles – but notable here is almost 12,000 were used imports from neighboring countries.” Those figures show that Norwegians overwhelmingly prefer pure electric (81,500) over plug-in hybrids (17,100).

If we look at plug-in electric car registrations by year starting in 2012, the rapid growth story is evident:

  • 2012 – 4,370
  • 2013 – 10,636
  • 2014 – 23,048
  • 2015 – 39,632
  • 2016 through end of April – 100,600
  • Lastly, Norway’s electric car market share often exceeds 10% and has hit 25% on occasion, compared to the ~1% in the U.S., it’s clear that Norway is in a league of its own.

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