Tesla Model S Tops Norwegian Sales Charts in March

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Surprisingly enough, the electric vehicle manufacturer has moved 1,493 Model Ss this March in Norway. To put that into perspective, that's more than every Ford model sold in the Scandinavian country last month.
Impressive stuff from Tesla, alright, but most people don't know that the fleet of plug-in electric vehicles in Norway is the largest per capita in the world. As of February 2014, no less than 23,566 plug-in EVs were registered in this country. All-electric cars are exempt in Norway from all non-recurring vehicle fees like purchase taxes, annual road tax, public parking fees and toll payments. Also, electric vehicles are allowed to drive on bus lanes, which is nice if you're in a hurry.

A total of 2,056 Model Ss have been sold so far this year in Norway, trouncing the ever popular Volkswagen Golf and the full-electric Nissan Leaf. However, February got Tesla on the wrong foot, when a power adapter problem forced CEO Elon Musk to formally apologize to his customers, recalling the cars affected by this problem.

Still, due to high demand and the long waiting lists, some customers have reportedly paid a $20,000 premium over the $110.000 - $117.000 MSRP of the electric luxury saloon built by Tesla. Similarly powerful cars can cost a lot more in Norway: the BMW M5, for example, costs almost $300,000, $160,000 representing just the taxes. That must hurt for internal combustion engine fans.

In total, Tesla has four dealers in Norway: two in the capital city Oslo and two more on the west cost. The Model S has raced to the top of Norway's car sales shortly after it was put on sale last September, and it looks like the model's popularity won't fade off too soon in the small European country.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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