In March 2014, Tesla delivered 1,493 Model S electric sedans, selling more models in one month (1493 sales) than any car in the Scandinavian country.
At 10.8 percent (5.6% in Q1) of all new car registrations, Tesla sold more than twice as many cars as the next most popular choice – petrol and diesel versions of the Volkswagen Golf with 624 sales.
The third-place Nissan Leaf, which is also able to take advantage of Norway’s generosity towards EVs, sold 425 units last month and 3.1% market share (4.3% in Q1).
Volkswagen sold 378 e-up!’s in March and 719 in Q1. On the other side, BMW sold 336 i3s and 646 in Q1.
Electric cars cornered 20.3 percent of the country’s auto market last month (14.5% in Q1), partly due to the meteoric success of Tesla, but also the rising popularity of the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Up.
Tesla’s record beats the country’s previous monthly sales record set by Ford in 1986 when it sold 1,454 examples of its Sierra sedan.
Norway has introduced a raft of incentives for environmentally friendly cars, including exemptions from high car taxes, toll-free driving, free public parking and use of public transport lanes.