The Nissan Leaf is continuing to sell very, very well in Norway, as the recent sales figures for July show. The Leaf was the 7th-best-selling new passenger vehicle in the country in July, capturing 2.4% of the whole market. In total, 268 Nissan Leafs were registered in July in Norway.
While being the 7th-best-selling vehicle in the country is quite impressive for an EV, it was actually ranked a bit higher than that in recent months, so it has fallen (comparatively) some. In 2013, the car has seen substantial improvement over last year’s sales, though — year to date, 2,242 Leafs have sold in the country, as compared to 2,298 sold in all of 2012. That’s a substantial improvement — at this rate, sales this year will be nearly double what they were last year. 🙂
For those wondering why Norway has a much higher rate of EV use/adoption than the US, it’s largely down to the great incentives that the government there has put in place to spur the market’s growth: the government has reduced the VAT for EVs to zero, installed a nationwide network of charging stations, has created electric-car-only car parks (that’s European for “parking lots”), etc.
InsideEVs provides more information: “LEAF still is king of electrics in Norway, because only 10 other units were sold in July (and two vans, to be accurate). So, for now, Tesla is not making a big dent with only 5 registrations, but it probably will in August when Model S volume deliveries begin.”
Tesla’s Model S will hit the European market in August. “Delivery events” are currently planned for the cities of Oslo, Zurich, and Tilburg, around the beginning of the month. Model S deliveries to Europe are expected to be ramped up gradually after that.
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