Norway is already consistently ranked at the top of the list of ‘happiest’ countries and countries with the highest quality of life, but it seems that the country isn’t complacent about this and is working to continue keeping things nice. As one such example, its uptake of Nissan Leafs has been remarkably fast. In just 6 months, 1,000 Nissan Leafs have been sold in the Nordic nation.
“The surge in sales catapulted the LEAF to ninth on the list of the best-selling passenger cars in Norway in February this year, bagging a two per cent share of the car market, and making the LEAF Nissan’s second highest selling car nationally,” Business Green notes.
Can you imagine if 2% of cars sold in the U.S. were Leafs?
Part of the fast uptake is due to healthy incentives and tax breaks for residents who buy the Leaf, or other electric vehicles — it offers the most rewarding package of any European country, in fact.
“No VAT is charged on electric vehicle purchases in Norway, the new car tax is waived, and drivers are eligible for free parking, exemption from some tolls, and can use bus lanes in Oslo. There are also around 3,500 public charging points in the capital, many of which are free to use.”
That’s incentive! No wonder the country is sucking up that pretty blue machine!
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