In both countries, sales of electrified cars took off last year, but are sharply split between plug-in hybrid and electric.
In Europe, the electric car is holy in one country in particular. Norway set a new sales record in 2020, but other Nordic countries are following the trend. The Netherlands and Sweden are the two other countries with the highest rate of adhesion to the plug, but with disparities between the types of powertrains.
In the Netherlands, the preference was for plug-in hybrids in the past. These vehicles peaked with 8.9% of sales in 2015, before the end of purchasing aid which significantly reduced sales volumes. This type of engine has thus fallen from 40,000 sales to less than 1,200 in 2016. Technology is getting a new lease of life in 2020, with a rebound of + 225% to 15,921 units. But the Dutch favorite trendy cars are electric. They reached 73,000 sales, or 20.4% of the market or more than one in five cars, up from 13.9% in 2019 and 5.4% in 2018.
In Sweden, the reverse is true as customers are more focused on plug-in hybrids, a technology that represents 22.6% of the market with more than 66,000 units sold over the year. This is + 166% compared to 2019, when the share was only 7%. In electric, sales increased “only” by 79% to nearly 28,000 units, increasing the share to 9.6% against 4.4% in 2019.
Full box for the Volkswagen ID.3
In the Netherlands, the Volkswagen ID.3 wins the electric category with 10,954 units. The Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Kona take the podium, followed by the Kia e-Niro and Audi e-tron. In Sweden, the same observation is made with 4,009 registrations for the German city car against 3,531 for the American sedan. The e-Niro is also in the Top 5, this time accompanied by the Renault ZOE and the Nissan Leaf.
In plug-in hybrid cars, a Swedish woman wins the Dutch market. The Volvo XC40 touches the 2,600 sales against the V60 station wagon. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the Ford Kuga PHEV and the BMW X5 are in the Top 5. In Sweden, the Volvo S60 / V60 duo is just ahead of the XC60, the Volkswagen Passat GTE and the Kia Nio / Optima.