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
|1||Volkswagen Passat GTE||310|
|2||Toyota Auris Hybrid||259|
|3||Toyota Yaris Hybrid||212|
|4||Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||209|
|5||Toyota C-HR Hybrid||190|
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.