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Audi, Mercedes and Polestar lead sales in world’s most successful EV market

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Polestar 2 leaps into third place in Norway’s new car sales in first month of deliveries, just behind the Audi E-tron and the electric Mercedes.

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The Driven

The Polestar 2 electric vehicle from Volvo’s eponymous all-electric brand Polestar has claimed one of top place in Norway in its first full month of deliveries in August, although its ability to hold that ranking will be tested by the imminent release of the VW electric ID.3 and an end-of-quarter ramp up of Tesla deliveries.

Norway is the most successful market for electric vehicles and 70% of all sales in August were either all-electric or plug-in hybrid – and although the broader auto sales market was down in August, electric vehicle sales rose, just as they have, albeit from a much lower base, in Australia and other markets.

An 11% drop in overall car sales year-on-year was bucked by a 21% increase in all-electric vehicle sales, reports EV Sales’ Jose Pontes, and it is clear that new models are being warmly welcomed by the Norwegians.

Although the Tesla Model 3 took Norway by storm in 2019, it is no longer first choice among electric vehicle buyers – that title has been taken by the Audi e-Tron for some months now.

But for a non-Tesla EV, the Polestar 2 is doing well in its first month. Almost 500 of the 5,704 electric vehicles sold in August in Norway were the Polestar 2, a sleek premium EV that Volvo has said will now be offered in Australia in 2021 after a 2020 launch was delayed by the pandemic.

The Polestar 2 jumped out of nowhere to overtake the VW e-Golf and Hyundai Kona Electric, coming in as the third most bought vehicle in Norway in August after the Audi e-Tron (755 sold) and the Mercedes-Benz EQC (595 sold) which has apparently overcome production issues.

To read the full version of this story – and view the photo gallery – on RenewEconomy’s electric vehicle dedicated site, The Driven, click here…

 

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