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Without government subsidies, Swedes buy 35 percent fewer electric cars

Although sales of electric cars in May were up compared to earlier in the year, they were 35 percent better than just one year ago.

The electric cars are shortly into something of a slowdown. Because even though tax-affected Danes see shortcuts to cheap cars in this way, motorists elsewhere have had enough.

In Sweden, however, there is a general slowdown in the car market. The month of May saw the highest number of new cars this year. But it is still a general decrease of 12 percent compared to the previous year.

And if you look at electric cars in isolation, sales between the periods have fallen by as much as 35 percent. According to the Swedish edition of Auto Motor og Sport, this is due to a lack of tax relief.

Private drivers in Sweden have largely stopped buying electric cars. Instead, it is private companies and public bodies that pull most of the load.

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On the other hand, the hybrids – including those with a cable – are a hit among private drivers. The aging Volvo XC60 is, in spite of precisely a high age for a new car, still a huge hit on Swedish records.

Which you only have to look once at the sales figures to see. With 1,662 new XC60s in the month of May alone, no other car is as popular in Sweden.

In fact, there are as many as 665 cars down to number two on the list – the Volvo EX40. While the Tesla Model Y, which was Denmark's absolute best-selling car last year, has to settle for third place.

However, the decreased desire for electric cars is not just a Swedish phenomenon. Without government support, Europe's largest car market is also turning its back on electric cars.

The month after Germany's government withdrew state subsidies for brand-new electric cars, sales plummeted by more than half. Read more about it here .

The fear is the same at home. Both at De Danske Bilimportorer and the part of Danish Industry that deals with the car industry, it is a concern that the Danes will lose interest in electric cars with the planned tax increases.

– In the industry, we are concerned about whether we can maintain the high sales of electric cars in the coming years. The registration fee is set to increase on the vast majority of electric cars in 2026, director Thomas Sorensen said back in March this year.

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