Tesla Model S Becomes Best-Selling Car in Norway

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Norway has a heart-on for the Tesla Model S like no other place in the world.

Last month, the high-end electric sedan became the country’s best-selling car. The Model S pushed Volkswagen’s Golf down to second place with a 4.6 percent market share to Tesla’s 5.1. People are even paying premiums for a used Model S to avoid a five-month waiting period, Reuters reports. In fact, some Norwegians are paying as much as an extra $20,000 to skip the line.

Electric cars are especially popular in the country because of generous subsidies, free parking, express lane access and government-provided chargers.

The car commands a hefty price premium over what Tesla sells its base Model S for in the U.S. Here, the vehicle starts at just over $71,000, but that price rises to around $110,000 or more. Private sellers are frequently asking as much as $130,000.

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[Source: Reuters]

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Oct 09, 2013

    That's a lot of money for some free parking and express lane access. ROI overrated? Their electric grid is saying Thank God we're an oil nation and not a solar energy nation.

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    • DrewBach DrewBach on Apr 01, 2014

      It's late but I thought you might want to know to Norway's hydropower is dam and lake based. It's not based on rain as much as snow melting on mountains. We've been hydropowered for the last century; there's no end to that power... Denmark is just a backup and vice versa.