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Norway is falling in love with the electric car

Norway continues to lead the way as the most ‘electrified’ nation in Europe.

Despite having a tiny population under 5 million, the Scandinavian country bought more electric cars in 2012 than any other country in Europe and per capita, leads the world in the adoption of electric cars.

Norwegians are keen to get their mitts on the Tesla Model S-arriving later this year

According to, the reason Norwegians are so keen on EVs are twofold. First, electric cars are exempt from import taxes, which significantly bump up the prices of combustion cars, and make electric cars much more affordable.

Electric cars are also eligible for plenty of other perks such as free parking, exemption from congestion charging and are permitted to travel in bus lanes in the capital Oslo. This helps electric car owners significantly cut down their commuting time.

The country also supports EV use through a network of some 3,500 charging posts-not bad for a country with such a small population.

As a result, Norwegians have the most Tesla Model S reservations in the European market, according to, while the Nissan LEAF reached 1.7 per cent of total Norwegian car sales last year-making it the 13th best selling car in the country.

In total, Norway bought around 10,000 plug-in cars in 2012, meaning they took a 5.2 per cent share of the market, compared to a 0.6 per cent share in the USA.

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Faye Sunderland

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