1-2 win for the Volkswagen Group
Despite being a market less severely impacted by the pandemic, the overall market dropped 39% YoY in May, with plugins representing 66% of the overall Norwegian market, with BEVs alone representing 43% of the total sales, pulling down the 2020 PEV share to 69% (49% BEV).
With certain high demand BEV models running low on stock, due to the recent production disruption, last month drop on BEV registrations (-30% YoY) should be temporary, and with PHEVs continuing to pull strongly (+25% in May), the plugin market should transition soon (June? July?) to above average market shares, so a target of 75% share for the full year could be an achievable goal.
Looking at May model sales by fuel, we have the Skoda Octavia ICE model breaking the 100% BEV Top 5 rule that had been happening in the past months, good thing then that the Octavia PHEV version is just a couple of months away...Sure, it's not pure EV, but it's still better than a plugless ICE model, right?
The remaining Top 5 didn't had much to talk about, with the Volkswagen Group making another 1-2 win, with the news being that for the first time this year, the e-Golf has beaten the big Audi. Maybe because they had more units available?
Hyundai Kona EV
Looking at the 2020 ranking, the front positions remained the same, with the first change happening in #6, with the Renault Zoe surpassing the Tesla Model 3, suffering from a depleted inventory, and with the #8 BMW i3 just 113 units behind, we could see the sports sedan fall event further in June, as the bulk of the fresh Model 3 units will only arrive in July.
The Peugeot 208 EV climbed to #17, and should rise further in the coming months, after all, its French arch-rival, the Renault Zoe, is 6th....
In the unplugged category, the highest standing is the Toyota Yaris Hybrid, in #9, while the only pure ICE model here, the Skoda Octavia, jumped to #10, which bodes well for the success of its PHEV versions...The same can be said about the #11 Toyota RAV4, with its PHEV version deliveries said to be delivered soon, these two models should change field and play for the PHEV team in a few months, leaving only 3 plugless models in this Top 20.
The moment where we will see a 100% pluggable Top 20 is coming...Maybe already this year?
Back to plugins, in May we have one new entry, in #18, with the refreshed VW Passat GTE returning to the table, thanks to 215 registrations, a new year best for the VW midsizer, but below it, outside the Top 20, there's plenty of activity going on, in #21 we have the Volvo S/V60 PHEV twins, that are only 32 units behind the #20 Skoda Citigo EV, while in #23 and #24, we have the rising MG ZS EV (187 units in May) and BMW X3 PHEV (161), with both models scoring record performances last month, and last, but not the least (after all, it's a pretty massive barge), the Mercedes GLE350de had 103 deliveries in May, which is already the best result ever for any plugin GLE Merc in Norway, and the first of several three-digit scores, if the rumors of a long waiting list are to be believed. If this turns out to be true, once again the rule is proved: big battery = big sales.