According to Sofia Linder of Mobility Sweden, the Scandinavian country has seen across-the-board increases in commercial vehicle sales in August.
August CV Sales Show Healthy Increases
Firstly, 3,065 new light trucks were registered in August, which is nearly 17 percent more compared to the same month last year, but 13 percent less than the average for the month over the past five years. During the first eight months of the year, a total of 21,249 new light trucks were registered, a decrease of just over 17 percent compared to the same period last year. The lack of semiconductors and other components has meant that deliveries have not been able to meet demand, said Linder.
The proportion of electric light trucks amounted to nearly 14 percent, 423 vehicles. So far this year, the number of electric light trucks amounts to 2,601 compared to 1,389 last year, which corresponds to roughly twelve percent of the year's registrations. This year, several new electric models have been introduced, which has increased customers' options, Linder added.
New registrations of heavy trucks over 16 tons amounted to 399 vehicles in August, which is an increase of almost eight percent. So far this year, 3,248 new heavy trucks have been registered, which is nearly nine percent less than the same period last year. Even in this market, production disruptions as a result of the war in Ukraine and shutdowns in China continue to have a dampening effect, explained Linder.
Meanwhile, new registrations of buses continued to increase sharply in August with 207 new buses achieving an increase of approx. 172 percent compared to the same month last year. So far this year, 797 new buses have been registered, which is an increase of around 63 percent. The registrations during January - August are now close to ten percent above the outcome for the full year 2021, 728 buses. However, 2021 was a weak bus year and registrations decreased by approx. 57 percent compared to 2020. This year's rise can be attributed to public procurement and increased travel when the pandemic subsided. During August, approximately 19 percent of the new registrations were electric buses, a total of 39 electric buses. So far this year, the share of electric buses amounts to just under 24 percent compared to about 30 percent in January-August 2021.