Although only in its second month on the market, the battery-operated vehicle from the U.S. company has posted a surprising result – it has become the best-selling car in Norway in September.
Tesla captured 5.1% of Norway’s total car sales share during the month. The total number of rechargeable electric cars on the road in Norway is estimated to about 14,500 vehicles – that compares to the larger U.S. market, which had electric sales in 2012 of 13,427 units.
The company just launched the Model S in August, and pent up demand could also account for some of September’s 616 Model S sales, as tallied by Opplysningsrådet for Veitrafikken, which compiles Norwegian car sales data.
Boosted by the lawmakers, electric vehicle sales in Norway during August were more than twice that of the much larger German market in the same month. Nissan’s Leaf has become the fifth best-selling model of any kind in Norway through nine months, capturing nearly 3% of the total share of the market.
Norway and its capital city, Oslo, also have built a hefty network of taxpayer-supported charging stations. On any given day, owners of Leafs and other cars like it can pull into one of a clutch of public lots that have public chargers and are exclusively for EV use.
Electric cars have so far captured 3.4% of Norway’s new car market through the first eight months of 2013, according to data from AID Ltd.
Via The Wall Street Journal
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