Norwegians love electric cars so much that EVs have begun outselling conventional models. You probably remember that the Tesla Model S was the best-selling car in Norway in the first half of September. Well, in October, it was the turn of another electric vehicle to claim the top sales position in the Scandinavian country – the Nissan Leaf.
The Leaf took the number one spot in Norway’s passenger car sales chart for the first time in October, regardless of powertrain type or market segment. Nissan Leaf accounted for almost 6 percent of the total passenger vehicle market in Norway last month.
The Leaf is also Norway’s fourth best-selling car in 2013 so far, with over 3 percent of the market. “We have had incredibly strong sales this year in Norway and with the introduction of the new Nissan Leaf in the middle of 2013, we have seen that level not just maintained, but exceeded,” said Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Nissan Europe Director of Electric Vehicles.
“We continue to be successful in the main Norwegian cities, but the majority of our growth is coming from rural areas, which shows is the breadth of the Nissan LEAF’s appeal,” he added. Nissan says the new Leaf better suits the Norwegian lifestyle with its increased boot capacity and the Nordic pack that includes a battery heater.
Norway is Europe’s most developed market for electric vehicles, thanks to a package of incentives including zero percent VAT and zero road tax for electric vehicles.
By Dan Mihalascu