Norway has broken through another electric vehicle market milestone, passing the 60 per cent market share in September auto sales.
The latest data shows full battery electric vehicles accounting for 61.5 per cent of all new car sales in the latest month, and topping the electric vehicle sales charts for September is newcomer Volkswagen ID.3, which outdid the Tesla Model 3 and the Polestar, with 1,974 units sold.
Notably, the three top selling models in the broader Norwegian new car market were all-electric, with 1,116 Model 3 and 928 Polestar 2 units sold according to Elbil Statisikk.
Tesla’s Model 3 sales figures signalled a return to pre-Covid sales, knocking the previous favourite – the Audi e-tron – down to number five and the Mercedes EQS out of the top 10 entirely.
Volkswagen ID.3 sells in Norway for NOK 350,000 ($A52,340 converted) for the base model, or NOK 400,000 ($A59,820 converted) for the first edition “Plus” option, and was released on the Norwegian market on August 28.
With a 62 kilowatt hour battery it offers 420km driving range (WLTP). Volkswagen says it will also offer an 82 kilowatt hour battery down the track which would be rated for 550km driving range (WLTP) from 2021.
The Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association notes this impressive result from Volkswagen was not entirely unexpected – as with the arrival of the Tesla Model 3 in 2019 pre-orders resulted in the exceptional initial sales numbers for the ID.3.
“This is historic. The electric car policy now works so well that six out of ten customers choose an electric car when they buy a new car. We are now approaching that electric cars will be for everyone,” said Christina Bu, secretary general of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association (translated from Norwegian) in a statement.
The ID.3, of course, is not Volkswagen’s first electric car that has had success in Norway. The Volkswagen e-Golf is a long-term favourite, and is the second most common car on the Norwegian roads after the Nissan Leaf – in fact fact there almost 50,000 of them on Norwegian roads.
“It is fun that the newcomer ID.3 tops new car sales, and it will be exciting to see if this will be Volkswagen’s new passenger car,” says Bu.
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