Bus Sector Surges in June in Sweden whilst Light and Heavy Trucks Struggle to Gain Ground
Mobility Sweden has published their monthly registration figures for June as the electrification of the commercial vehicle sector continues to gain ground along with the recovery of the bus sector.
War and Factory Shutdowns Stifle Light and Heavy Truck Performance
Starting with the light truck segment, Mobility Sweden announced that 2,605 light trucks were registered in June bringing in a 17% decrease compared to a year ago. Over the course of the year to date, 16,651 new light trucks have been registered which represents an approximate drop of 23% against the first half of 2021. According to Mobility Sweden the high malus for light trucks has resulted in many customers keeping their vehicles for up to 60 months instead of the standard 36 months which explains this year’s decrease. As for electric light trucks, Mobility Sweden reported that they made up 23% of June’s registrations (587 vehicles) which has meant that 1,947 electric light trucks have been sold up until the end of June 2022 against the 1,102 units for H1 in 2021.
Additionally, the association is still suggesting that there is a need among companies to renew their fleets with order books still full. The lack of semi-conductors and other components has meant that deliveries are still unable to meet demand, a running trend since the end of last year.
As for the heavy truck segment, commercial vehicles weighing over 16 tonnes, Mobility Sweden revealed that 498 units were registered in June as it recorded a year-on-year decrease of just over one perfect. This decrease contributed to the 9% downturn in registrations that we have seen for the segment for the entirety of H1. The heavy truck segment is continuing to be disrupted by the war in Ukraine and factory shutdowns in China. A positive point to note has been the registration of 67 new electric heavy trucks in 2022 so far. This may seem like a small figure, but with only 16 units registered in H1 of 2021 and 2022 being the first year of commercial rollout for multiple heavy electric truck brands, the sector will be hoping to see sales of these products continue to soar.
Sofia Linder added, “it is important that the charging infrastructure is expanded in line with the introduction and growth of electric trucks.”
The bus sector in Sweden took a huge step forward with 183.1% year-on-year increase, as 119 units were registered in June resulting in the sector being 42.1% in the year-to-date standings. Mobility Sweden has suggested that the rise can be attributed to public procurements and travel continuing as the pandemic subsides.