Every 10th car sold in the Nordic countries is electric

Every 10th car sold in the Nordic countries is electric


In the second quarter of 2018, the Nordic countries reached a new milestone with more than 300.000 electric vehicles sold since 2009. This corresponds to every 10th Nordic car sold in the second quarter of 2018 was of the electric type – a positive development for the industry and for our climate.


Climate changes affect the world more and more, and the use of fossil fuels is a major contributor. However, many countries and car manufacturers are committing to the development of electric vehicles to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Therefore, the latest sales numbers of electric vehicles in the Nordic countries come as good news for our climate.


The sales numbers from the second quarter of 2018 showed that there is now a total of more than 300.000 registered electric vehicles roaming the Nordic roads. In addition, the development of the sales signifies that electric vehicles accounted for 10% of the overall vehicle sales in the Nordic countries in the second quarter.
These numbers were reported by the industry publication, Insero Quarterly, which have presented the latest insights into the sales of electric vehicles from the Nordic countries since 2009.


There are still major differences between the Nordic countries, however, we are experiencing growth in all markets which means the transition from fossil fueled vehicles to electric vehicles is very much underway,” says Jens Christian Morell Lodberg Høj, Chief Innovator of Mobility at Insero.


Record sales throughout the Nordics

The milestone was set following a quarter with yet another sales record in which 29.136 electric vehicles were sold. The sale was largely driven by Norway where nearly every third sold vehicle in the quarter was of the electric type. However, all the Nordic countries experienced an increase in sales compared to the previous quarter.


The sales numbers for the Nordic countries in the second quarter of 2018 were as follows:

  • Norway sold 19.969 electric vehicles
  • Sweden sold 6.230 electric vehicles
  • Finland sold 1.743 electric vehicles
  • Denmark sold 1.194 electric vehicles

Moreover, the year to date sales from 2018 compared to the same period in 2017 is 43% higher.


Both Finland and Sweden have expanded their economic support of electric vehicles which has had great importance. Moreover, the PHEV segment, in particular, is growing with relevant vehicles at attractive prices. Soon, it will make sense for everyone to buy an electric vehicle,” explains Jens Christian Morell Lodberg Høj.


More electric vehicles = more chargers

Alongside the many new electric vehicles, more than 1.000 charging plugs were installed across the Nordic countries in the second quarter. The growth in the Nordic markets gives rise to investments in infrastructure. Thus, there are now 20 electric vehicles per charging plug-in Norway while, in comparison, there are five electric vehicles per charging plug-in Denmark.


As more and more electric vehicles hit the road, charging point operators begin to experience that they are making money off charging which form the basis of further investments,” states Jens Christian Morell Lodberg Høj.


Due to organizational changes at Insero, our focus on e-mobility will be put on hold. As such, after nine years we have produced the last Insero Quarterly.