Friday, March 2, 2018

Sweden February 2018

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Koreans Shine

We start February with Sweden, the rise and rise of the local plug-in market continues, registrations were up 60% YoY in February, with 1.885 units registered last month, placing the PEV Share to 7,1%.

Interestingly, Diesel sales went down from 54% 12 months ago, to the current 44%. A steep 10% drop, which makes the prediction of symbolic diesel sales by 2025 just a little more real...

Looking at February Best Sellers, the leader remained the same, with the Volkswagen Passat GTE scoring 310 units and collecting its seventh consecutive Monthly Best Selling PEV trophy, while in Second we have the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, still the most common PEV in Sweden, with the Volvo XC60 PHEV closing the podium, with 173 registrations, a new personal best.

Interestingly, two Kia show up in the Top 5, with the #4 Niro PHEV living up to its potential by delivering a record 154 units.

VW Passat GTE
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Volvo XC60 PHEV
Kia Niro PHEV
Kia Optima PHEV

Looking at the top positions, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV returned to its runner-up status, the local Volvo XC60 PHEV climbed to Sixth, while the Renault Zoe, for the moment the best selling BEV, stepped up to #8. 

But the BEV race is starting to heat up, as the Hyundai Ioniq BEV jumped to #11 in February, thanks to a record 97 deliveries, while the Nissan Leaf II had their first 5 units delivered, no doubt demonstration units, and in the next few months expect the Japanese hatchback to join the Top 20 and become a major driving force.

The BMW 530e continues to be successful, climbing five positions to #14, and in #19 we have a surprise, with the Nissan e-NV200 Evalia passenger van registering a surprising 49 units, no doubt thanks to the arrival of the 40 kWh battery version.

Interesting race in the manufacturers ranking, with Volvo (21%) overcoming last year leader Volkswagen (20%, down 2%), and reaching Numero Uno, with the surprising Kia closing the podium, with 16% share (Down 1%).

Plug-Ins Versus Regular Hybrids

1Volkswagen Passat GTE310
2Toyota Auris Hybrid
3Toyota Yaris Hybrid212
4Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV209
5Toyota C-HR Hybrid190
Combining February sales of regular hybrids with plug-ins, the VW Passat GTE is at the top of the podium, while Toyota continues milking its hybrid models as much as it can, including generous discounts, placing three models in the Top 5.

The Outlander PHEV also managed to reach the top places, ending the month in Fourth.


  1. Diesel going from 54% to 44% is a drop of 18,5%.

    It is also a drop of 10 percentage points.

  2. What has happened to Tesla?

    1. They throwing everything into the Model 3 production, keeping the S/X production in the back seat, something they can't be doing forever.

      Let's see how high will the March peak go.

    2. Why do you think they have such a long delivery time? Maybe China? In the Netherlands they sold 233 Tesla's in february

  3. In 5 to 10 years there will be ten`s of thousand`s Hybrids parking at the dealerships....and nobody wants to by them ! Hybrid buyers will realize tooo late that it was a pure waste of Money.

    1. I agree, in a few years HEVs will be considered just another ICE car.

    2. Of course not. First of all dealers don't trade in cars they can not sell (and new cars are built to order). Secondly there will always be a market for cheap used cars. Thirdly, in 5-10 years the large majority of cars on the roads will not be electrified yet so even efficient ICE's, HEVs will be popular for quite a while. Fourthly, if you for some reason included plug-in hybrids in your statement then you are even worse off since they are perfect for the used car market for people who commute or do fairly little driving, making them into rolling money saving piggy banks.

      There are 5 million cars in the fleet. 300-400k sold per year. It's far from a given that even all new cars sold will be zero emission 10 years from now even in Sweden, and most definitely not the fleet.

  4. Thanks for interesting statistics on this site!

    Sweden is introducing a new tax regulation law as from July 1st 2018. The subvention to byers of pure electric cars will rise from SEK 40.000 to SEK 60.000. This is probably the reason why the Teslas are not on the list right now. Model S has been one of the most registered electric cars in Sweden, so from July and onwards we will probably see a hugh volume of Teslas coming in on the list. The cars are sold now, but will be delivered and registered in July and onwards in order to make a more economic deal for the new owners.

    The new regulation will also include dramatically higher tax levels for cars that have emissions higher than 95 gram/kilometer (SEK 100 for every gram exceeding 95)