Norway: The Friendliest Place In The World For Electric Cars
From Green Car Reports
By Antony Ingram
Just last week, Tesla Motors opened its first Supercharger fast-charge stations outside the U.S.–in the Scandinavian country of Norway.
With just six stations and 46 charging points, 90 percent of Norwegians live within 200 miles of a Supercharger–well within the 265-mile EPA range of a Model S sedan. The first one of those outside the U.S. was sold in Norway too–the country has taken electric cars to its heart.
But how long will Norway’s electric car momentum last? While the popularity of electric cars is only set to increase over the coming decades–in August, electric cars took a full six percent of the market’s sales in Norway, two thirds of which were Nissan’s Leaf–it’s less clear whether Norway’s heavily incentive-driven methods are sustainable long term.
Quartz links this to Tesla’s focus on the country. Unsurprisingly, the car’s range is a large factor in why Tesla expects to do well there–it’s in a market of one as far as zero-emission, long-distance cars go.
That electric cars are also subject to myriad tax exemptions, incentives and benefits is another factor. The Model S’s $73,000 price tag doesn’t make it a cheap car, but compared to vehicles with like-for-like performance and features–cars which are subject to the country’s heavy sales tax, up to 50%–it looks like a bit of a bargain.
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