Plug-in vehicles made up 55.7 percent of the total passenger auto market in April, according to Sweden’s auto industry organization Mobility Sweden’s latest data. About 33.7 percent were full-battery electric vehicles and 22.1 percent were plug-in hybrids
The number of electric cars registered for the month is also higher than the figures recorded in the same month last year and the prior months of this year.
The same data show that the Volvo XC4 was the best-selling BEV in April, with 695 units registered. This record marks the fifth time in the past six months that the XC40 has secured the top spot. The Volkswagen ID.4 came in a close second with 661 units registered, followed by the Tesla Model Y with 652 units registered.
Other Notable BEV Sales
The Toyota BZ4X has also recently experienced a surge in sales volume in Sweden. It secured the 12th spot in April with 190 units registered. The Lexus RZ, a variant of the BZ4X marketed under the Lexus brand, made its debut in Sweden during the same month, with only 12 units registered.
The trailing three-month chart shows Tesla in the lead, with over 50 percent more sales than the second-placed Volvo XC40, mainly due to its strong sales performance in March. The affordable touring BEV, MG MG5, occupies the ninth spot on the chart.
Meanwhile, BMW iX1, the latest and most reasonably priced BEV from the brand since the i3 was phased out in most markets, has been making steady headway in the Swedish market. Since its debut in November, it has climbed into the top 20. April’s record shows that the model had 140 registered units in Sweden.
Mid-size smart electric sedan Nio ET5 did not make it to the top 20 list and has three units registered in April. The model comes with a high price tag which may limit its appeal to a niche market. In comparison, ET5 monthly lease cost is approximately 10 percent higher than the Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor which is slightly longer in size while offering similar performance.