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Norway Q3 & YTD 2015

Even if sales were lower than for Q2, the 3rd quarter ended with a encouraging 59 % growth for plug-ins in Norway. A total of nearly 7800 EV and PHEV wear sold in Q3, resulting in a market share of 17,5 % on average. With nearly 25 000 Plug-ins were sold from January to September, Norway continues to be the worlds 3rd largest PEV market, after China and USA. With a share of 18,5 % of national light vehicle registrations Norway continues to lead the world ranking for Plug-in shares by a large margin. The Netherlands are #2 with 5,3 % year-to-date.

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More support for PHEVs

The tax saving regime for green vehicle is very generous for EVs and enabled more tax-savings for PHEV from Q2 onwards, in form of a reduced weight penalty. This lowered the weight related portion of the high import tax for these vehicles. PHEVs now stand for 20 % of PHEV sales, before the share was around 10%. The change did not cause a decrease in EV sales, which were 1700 units (+38 %) higher in Q3 than last year. PHEV sales were 3 times higher than last year during Q3.

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September sales in Norway

The e-Golf is a huge success in Norway. With one exception in March (Model S) the e-Golf was the #1 Plug-in car in the country for 2015. It's among the best selling nameplates in Norway overall. The Leaf is back on #2, following several months of slow sales; more about this in the next section.

The i3 has its second exceptional month in September selling more than two times the volume of previous months. The REx version is now available in Norway. It is considered a PHEV by the authorities, costing 100 000 NOK more than the i3 EV, most of it related to import tax and VAT. Pure EVs are exempted from these. Seems it still was a sensible move by the importer to offer it. Another Golf is on place #4; the GTE has been available since April, but is outsold 3 to 1 by the e-Golf, as the total EV/PHEV mix would suggest. Tesla had another month with low sales; higher than in September last year, but much lower than the monthly tallies of the first two quarters.

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