Fossil-fueled cars again more popular than EVs

Electric car sales in Sweden, which have seen significant growth in recent years, have slowed significantly in late 2023 and early 2024, according to Newsworthy.

Electrification has slowed down.

Electrification has slowed down.

Foto: Fredrik Sandberg/Fredrik Persson

Västerbotten2024-04-09 12:30

While the government's removal of the electric car grant in November 2022 is a major contributing factor, the impact of long delivery times for electric vehicles has also affected sales. Additionally, rising interest rates and inflation are believed to be dampening consumer enthusiasm.

This slowdown is reflected in both the number of new electric car registrations and their market share, which have both decreased

Conversely, plug-in hybrids, often seen as a more affordable alternative, have gained popularity. 

For instance, in Västerbotten, the number of registered plug-in hybrids during the quarter (234) nearly matched the number of electric cars (199).

It's important to note that regional variations exist. Stockholm, with its high concentration of leasing companies, skews the national average upwards. On a national level, electric vehicles still hold a majority share, with 53% of new car registrations being electric in the first quarter.

Within the Norran coverage area, Malå shows the lowest interest in electric cars, with only 20% of newly registered vehicles being electric. 

Conversely, Norsjö (40%) and Skellefteå (41%) have a higher adoption rate. Nordmaling stands out with a remarkable 75% of new car sales being electric.

Electric cars have been very popular for a couple of years, but now sales of petrol and diesel cars are increasing again. (Graph in Swedish - grey line is petrol and diesel cars, green line is electric cars)