Electric vehicle sales in Sweden triple over the yearFebruary 17, 2020
January sales of ICE cars fell in the country by 40% compared to last year, and the market for plug-in hybrids grew by more than 30%. Analysts predict that this trend will continue throughout 2020.
In a year, sales of electric cars in Sweden tripled. In January 2019, 2,680 new passenger electric vehicles were registered, or 12.7% of the total number of new car registrations for the month. In January 2020 – already 5382 registrations, or 30.3% of all new cars registered. The largest share of all types of electric vehicles falls on plug-in hybrids (PHEV) – 23.1% of new registrations – while pure electric (BEV) is 7.1%.
At the same time, the number of ICE vehicles has decreased. Registration of new gasoline cars fell from 41.8% a year ago to 36.9% in January 2020. Interest in diesel cars fell even more – from 38.4% to 21.6%, Clean Technica reports.
Such a breakthrough in electric vehicle sales occurred as a result of a bonus-malus initiative new to Sweden – those who emit more exhaust gases pay at higher rates. In addition, new pan-European rules have begun to apply: cars with CO2 emissions from zero to 70 g / km can receive up to 5,700 euros of tax benefits in Sweden, while owners of cars emitting more than 95 g / km pay additional taxes.
For example, a diesel car emitting 122 g / km of carbon dioxide per year will cost the owner about 425 euros of additional taxes per year. A sports car like the Porsche 911 – at 1250 euros per year.
The most popular January 2020 models among BEVs in Sweden are the Kia Niro EV, Renault Zoe and Kia Soul EV, and among the PHEV – VW Passat GTE, Kia Optima PHEV and Mitsubishi Outlander. Tesla Model 3, the bestseller of 2019, was not registered in Sweden in January 2020.
The ban on the sale of cars with ICE will enter into force in Sweden from 2030. This was announced in January 2019 by the country’s Prime Minister Stefan Leuven. By 2050, the country will be ready to completely abandon the use of fossil fuels in the economy.
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