Tesla #1 in Norway – Model S Sales Soar to 1,493 Units in March – Sets All-Time Single Month Record

APR 2 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 29

We knew Tesla Model S sales were shooting through the roof last month in Norway.

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Bjorn Slides His Tesla Model S Into Position

Now, we have a solid figure.

In March, Tesla Model S sales hit 1,493 units in Norway.

This figure puts the Model S on the top of Norway’s automotive sales chart.

In fact, the Model S accounted for 10.8% of all new passenger vehicle sales last month in Norway.

Or, to put it a different way, one out of every ten vehicles sold in Norway in March were Tesla Model S EVs.

1,493 units is nearly equal to the estimated 1,600 Model S EVs that Tesla sold in the US in March, so Norway is hot on our heels, despite having a population of just over 5 million, compared to the US’ 313-plus million.

Some other points worth noting in Norway:

  • 1,493 units sold is a single-month record for any automobile ever sold in Norway
  • Tesla Model S outsold #2 seller VW Golf by a ratio of more than 2 to 1.
  • Nissan LEAF with 425 units sold in March landed in third place on the overall sales chart
  • YTD Tesla Model S sales are 2,056
  • Tesla is outselling Ford in Norway so far in 2014

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29 Comments on "Tesla #1 in Norway – Model S Sales Soar to 1,493 Units in March – Sets All-Time Single Month Record"

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The Netherlands did around 200 in March, but 1500 is staggering… Well done Norway, way to lead the other European countries into EV future.

These numbers would lead me to believe Tesla is still supply constrained in Europe. Interesting…

It’s certainly quite compelling evidence that Tesla is choosing where its production goes.

Still, I have to think that Tesla saved up stock and flooded them out in March for the sake of PR.

I would agree. This company thrives on tax payer’s support and hooplas. Norway is the worst place for electric cars. I live in california, and just running the windshiled defroster and wipers in light rain sucks the battery life big time. Can’t imagine what these do to ev cars in Norway.
If not for the thousands of dollars of incentives in norwya every year, evs make no sense. Heat inside the car is free in gas mobiles.
What’s is more interesting, people in norway burn wood fireplaces whole night long! That alone produces lot more green house gases that the cars. FYI, my father in law lives in Norway and I visited that countrey few times. So, it is from my fiurst hand experinece I speak.

By the way do you realise that burning wood is CO2 neutral. Burning wood produces the same quantity of CO2 as it has divested from the atmosphere during the growth. And if the wood decays, it produces the same quantity of CO2 as if you burn the wood.

Norway is a great place for electric cars. A lot of hills and twists and turns, which is perfect for the electric motor and regeneration. Roads that keep you around 60-90 km/h which is a great speed for EV’s.
Good general infrastructure and source of electricity.
And no extreme heat that degrades the batteries.
As said, a great country for EV’s. But not perfect since there are a few months of cold too.

Hi

Purchased tesla in Norway. Norway is a major oil and gas nation. but what is not so well known is that we have fosse electricity, more than we need. We run virtually free of electric cars vs. gas.

Tesla is a cheap car in Norway. Norway is one of the most expensive countries to buy bil.ingen places in Europe is more expensive cars.
Electric cars are something else. a Tesla is not more expensive than a Toyota. Tesla is a gift to the Norwegian people.

Meanwhile, our nature and climate on the west coast made ​​for EVs.

But most of all. A gift to the environment when all production of electricity comes from hydropower.

Hi
we go for 20%. by 2020. Norway, hydropower more than we need. Tesla is therefore completely clean. The state has given the car 0 tax.

Petrol vehicles are 100% tax and more.

“I live in california, and just running the windshiled defroster and wipers in light rain sucks the battery life big time.”

You realize that reducing the projected range from 280 miles to 255 miles isn’t “sucking the battery life big time” right? In our 2012 Leaf, defogging the window takes about 1.5 kw, vs the 20 or 30 kw we typically put into the motor. Your computer’s projection is probably based on about two to three hours of driving time, if you’re even going that far today.

“Heat inside the car is free in gas mobiles.”

Haha! No it’s not! As a rough guesstimate, take the cost of a tank of gas, and take 2/3rds of that cost. That’s what you’re paying for heat that does nothing to move the car. And you use maybe 15% of that to heat the cabin. *When* it’s cold outside. When it’s *not* cold, you’re just throwing it all out the window. You’re paying to burn gas to make heat you don’t even use most of the time. Just because you don’t notice it most of the time, doesn’t mean that it’s free, it means you’re always paying for it, whether or not you need it.

There were indeed several records broken in Norway this month. With 26,886 plug-in electric cars registered (includes used imports), it became the first country where PEVs account for 1% of the total passenger car fleet (2.5 million).

Using google translate see:
http://www.gronnbil.no/nyheter/elbilsalget-i-mars-slo-alle-rekorder-article380-239.html

and

http://www.elbil.no/elbiler/1268-tesla-knuste-28-ar-gammel-rekord

And more fact. The Model S is the top selling new car in the country for 1Q 2014 (2,056 units and a market share of 5.6%), followed by the gasoline-powered VW Golf (1,577, 4.3%) closely followed by the Nissan Leaf in third place (1,559, 4.3%). That’s two EVs in the top three places of new car sales.

See the top 20 ranking here (select modellfordelt to see the ranking by model):
http://ofvas.no/bilsalget/bilsalget_2014/bilsalget_i_mars/

GREAT!
LEAF WAS N.1 IN THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THE YEAR (TAKEN TOGETHER), AND NOW SLIPPED TO N.3, BUT WITH MODEL S AS N.1.
WONDERFUL!

Hi
we go for 20%. by 2020. Norway, hydropower more than we need. Tesla is therefore completely clean. The state has given the car 0 tax.

Petrol vehicles are 100% tax and more.

o_O

Imagine a world where 1 out of every ten cars sold is a Tesla… this world is in Norway NOW!

And one out of five was an EV i Mars. In Q1 14% was an EV. In Norway – now.

If you took 1493 Teslas in a county of five million people and scaled it in the US with a population of 313 hundred million. That would equal about 93461 Teslas sold in one month. Which will most likely happen when the Giga factory is running.

Now if you times these monthly sales it would be 1,121,532 cars sold in 12 months. Think of what kind of oil demand damage this would do.

Tesla says half a million cars a year with gigafactory. So even the gigafactory is to small to get this number on the US streets.

In norway, gas prices are $9/gallon, in US it is $4/ga. In norway, distances are much smaller, incentives are much bigger.
So, the numbers you project are just pipe dreams.

Hi

Purchased tesla in Norway. Norway is a major oil and gas nation. but what is not so well known is that we have hydro power, more than we need. We run virtually free of electric cars vs. gas.

Tesla is a cheap car in Norway. nowhere in Europe is more expensive cars.
Electric cars are something else. A Tesla is not more expensive than a Toyota. Tesla is a gift to the Norwegian people.

Meanwhile, our nature and climate on the west coast made ​​for EVs.

But most of all. A gift to the environment when all production of electricity comes from hydropower.

Hi

distances are small in Norway. when traveling from the south of Norway to nod in Norway is the same distance as from southern Norway to Italy. Tesla is the only car that clear trip over our mountain ranges.

tesla is very affordable in Norway. when all electricity comes from hydropower. it is extremely cheap when we have large reserves of this precious power.

our environment is vulnerable and the government has given the car great benefits.

So in this post you talk about shorter distance sand high gas prices making EVs sensible, but above you say EVs make no sense. Make up your mind.

Norway taxes gas/diesel vehicles for good reason. They have cheap hydro and want to discourage a product which burns gasoline and pollutes for its ~15 year lifespan.

facts
Norway has 5 million inhabitants
We have only hydropower electricity
The distances in our country is mix the longest in Europe
We have a lot of space
We were the first electric lights in the streets of Europe
Our prosperity is based on hydropower
Our major oil and gas companies came out of this technology HYDRO STATOIL
We were among the first to make electric cars
We produce a lot of aluminum from hydropower
Tesla is the car we’ve been waiting for

we are still one of the world’s major oil and gas producers.

Thank you USA for Nicola Tesla and Tesla Model S

And it will be record EV market share for Norway (likely somewhere between 17% and 20%).
It’s almost 14% with just Model S and Leaf. Already a record, I believe, for Norway.

Funny statistics…
From September 2013 to March 2014 the n.1 selling cars in Norway have been, in order:

Model S, Leaf, Golf,
Model S, Leaf, Golf,
Model S

But now I would hope Model S to be always n.1, from now on…!!!
I believe it to be an actual possibility, if they can deliver as many as they can sell, even when the e-Golf and Golf GTE will be available there (no incentives for the plug-in hybrid GTE, anyway).
And even if we consider as Golf sales all plug-in and non plug-in versions together, since the plug-in versions will “eat up” quite a bit of non plug-in sales.

More Model Ses sold in Norway in March than Volts in the US.

B/c Model S get FAR MORE incentives in Norway than Volt gets in the US.

If Volt is allowed to use all the toll bridges and toll roads for free in the US and access to all carpool lanes and exempt registeration and sales tax, the Volt sales will go through the roof in the US.

Just look at what a $5K tax incentives does to a LEAF in Georgia.

Hi

Purchased tesla in Norway. Norway is a major oil and gas nation. but what is not so well known is that we have hydro power, more than we need. We run virtually free of electric cars vs. gas.

Tesla is a cheap car in Norway. nowhere in Europe is more expensive cars.
Electric cars are something else. A Tesla is not more expensive than a Toyota. Tesla is a gift to the Norwegian people.

Meanwhile, our nature and climate on the west coast made ​​for EVs.

But most of all. A gift to the environment when all production of electricity comes from hydropower.

This is NOT surprising.

Considering that Model S is “effectively” the same price as a Honda Accord in Norway, why wouldn’t anyone buy that?

Yes, Norwegians rank pretty high in overall intelligence. Probably to 10. I think the U.S. is abysmal. So, right, why should we be so amazed when smart people make wise decisions? Why for one thing, if you live in the U.S. it may be the case, that we are surprised, since it is less likely that we as a people make the most intelligent decisions. If you will grant that smarter (perhaps better informed is more gracious)people make better decisions.
The rube is amazed by the magician.