Norway can stop fossil fuel car sales as soon as April 2022
Norwegians have stopped buying them way before the planned ban date.
There are three ways to do things in life - the wrong way, the right way and the Nor-way! This has been a popular phrase in a hit TV fishing show, but nowadays it comes to life in the automotive industry. Because the Scandinavian mentality is uniquely different and places up north have been the most affected of climate change, Norwegians are willing to take actions sooner, rather than later.
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Numbers don't lie
After a possible ICE ban was first mentioned years ago, the average Norwegian consumer took things seriously and the market results are remarkable. While the sales of ICE cars in January 2017 were more than 50% of the total, they've dropped sharply to 21% in the first eight months of 2020. Keeping the trend for 2021, another sharp drop was recorded and between January and August the ICE market share was just 9.66% of all car sales!
For the first eight months of this year, the Top 15 sold cars list contains 14 electric vehicles and one hybrid. The most successful ICE car is a diesel VW Tiguan, which takes a miserable 38th place in the rankings. Experts calculate that if this trend continue, the ICE car sales would hit zero in April 2022, a full three years earlier than the planned 2025 ban by the Norwegian government.
The chart says it all...
The rest of the world
While Norway's results are nothing short of impressive, the rest of the world is still not getting the message, but the trends are slowly turning. According to the same research, the first 6 months of 2021 saw 2.6 million electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids sold, a solid bump of 160% over the same period in 2020. The research points out the significantly lower running costs as the main reason for the increase in sales.
Taking those number in the equation, the predictions are that electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids will account for at least 5 million sales, out of 71 million new cars in total. Market share, divided by regions put China in the leading spot with 47% EV and PHEV sales, closely followed by Europe with 40%. Predictably, the US hardly makes a dent at 10% and the rest of the world accounts for just 3%.
Divided by brands, Tesla is leading the charge (pun intended) with 15%, but VW is rapidly catching up, trailing by just 2% for now. The Chinese SGMW is next with an admirable effort and 11% as a result, with BMW and Stellantis sharing a total of 6% between them. All of the mentioned companies account for 51% EV and PHEV market share. Curiously, Mercedes is nowhere to be seen in the charts, which is somewhat underwhelming, regarding their efforts to electrify their range before everybody else.