Norway’s top-selling car in September 2013 was Tesla Motor's all-electric Model S. Drivers even paid a premium to own the sports car second-hand just to avoid a five-month wait to get a new unit, according to dealers. Last month’s official figures show that the high performance Tesla S had a market share of 5.1% in Norway, making up 616 of the 12,168 new cars sold.
Coming in at second place is the conventionally-powered Volkswagen Golf with a 4.6% share. Joar Tenfjord, who leads Tesla's dealership in Bergen (the second biggest city in Norway), said that there’s a huge demand for this car. In fact, the orders keep coming and there’s now a long waiting list.
The reasons for the popularity of electric cars in Norway include the generous subsidies in Norway as well as free parking, recharging stations built by the government, the right to use express lanes on highways and toll exemptions.
Tenfjord said that in Norway, buyers get “great value” for their money. He also pointed out that this car is roomy and environmentally friendly. The auto market in Norway is very expensive. A new Tesla Model S is priced at $110,000-$117,000, much higher than its U.S. price of $70,000. However, owners can easily get $130,000 if they want to sell the car to someone else. The Tesla S started selling in Europe last August.
It can reach a top speed of 200 kph (125 mph) and is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 kph (0-62 mph) in 5.4 seconds. It has a range of 483 km (300 miles), which is much better than all other all-electric cars. So far this year in the U.S., about 14,300 units of the Model S have been sold.
There are drivers in Norway who are prepared to pay up to $20,000 higher the regular price to buy the new Model S from existing owners. Presently, there are 12 new Teslas available on Finn.no, Norway's top classified Web site. Their owners are willing to let them go for prices that go up to $130,000.