Three days, 600 Nissan Leafs sold.

That's the word over in Norway, where Frode Langli of Nissan Norway has tracked Leaf sales since the electric hatch launched there on Saturday, October 8. Including the weekend, Langli says Leaf sales hit nearly 600 by early Tuesday.

Some 1,200 Norwegian hand-raisers showed early interest in the Leaf by signing up on Nissan's website, and around half have signed contracts and are now awaiting delivery of their electric hatchbacks. Langli says the first batch of Norway-bound Leafs are scheduled to arrive in November, but points out that most Norwegian Leaf enthusiasts will have to wait until 2012 to take delivery of their electrified machines. Worldwide demand for the Leaf means long delays and shortages everywhere (e.g., Canada) but Langli notes that Norway is a priority for Nissan because the Mitsubishi i-MiEV currently sits atop the plug-in sales charts there.


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      • 8 Months Ago
      Wow, how did all the other auto manufacturers miss this pent up demand for electric vehicles? Good job Nissan. Thank you for being forward thinking. You will be genorously rewarded by the never ending line of Leaf buyers. Nissan has officially put the competition on notice.....
      Andrew Richard Rose
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think it is about time Nissan sacrificed the Juke and turned the production line over to 100% Leaf !
        lne937s
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Andrew Richard Rose
        Nissan sold 14,000 Jukes in Europe last month. It is the second best selling crossover in Europe, behind the Nissan Qashqai. The addition of the Juke to the linup made Nissan the top Asian brand in Europe. The more desireable models have a 6 month waiting list. The Juke is a massive success globally. Nissan needs to work on getting US and UK production up and running, rather than sacrificing one of its best selling and most profitable vehicles.
      lne937s
      • 8 Months Ago
      Just looked it up. Norway sold 127,754 cars last year, about 1/100th the size of the US market. Selling 600 would put this at ~.5% of cars sold in the Norway or approximately like selling 60,000 electric vehicles in the US in 3 days. Sounds like Nissan needs to ship more cars to Norway...
      Michael Walsh
      • 8 Months Ago
      Dette er bra!
      Andy Smith
      • 8 Months Ago
      BO and Ryan from the Ev Cast podcast should offer an aplogy to Nissan and eat their hats
      kitman3
      • 8 Months Ago
      how much does this government subsidize? this whole EV industry is a joke and could not stand alone except for big government. this is political the government dictating which cars they want to see people drive. the whole "green" movement is political and has nothing to do with saving the planet. it is about power and control and the redistribution of the worlds wealth
        Spec
        • 8 Months Ago
        @kitman3
        "it is about power and control and the redistribution of the worlds wealth" That is silly conspiracy theory. I can make those up too . . . oil is all about redistribution of the worlds wealth from the USA to Arabs, Hugo Chavez, Mamood Ahmedhinejad, Vladimir Puting. All oil company people are lizard-people trying to help them! Boo! No. We use oil because it is cheap and effective. But we cannot continue to rely on it in the long term because of various reasons: 1) It is a finite resource. We've used up most of the cheap easy oil and we are now reliant on more and more expensive oil like tar sands, ultradeepwater oil, heavy oil, etc. Our economies are now completely hamstrung because they cannot grow w/o cheap oil. And when the economy makes an upward move, the price of oil goes up thus choking off the growth. And the problem will get worse (with periodic back-sliding) 2) National security. Our national and defense department run on oil. The world is now dependent on nations that largely do not like us for supplying the world market with oil. Iran, Russia, Venezuela, unstable Arab states, etc. 3) Pollution/CO2. - Whether you believe it or not, climate change is real. And pollution does kill people. But I view this one as the least important reason to move away from oil. The others are more important. That is why the EV industry is important.
        • 8 Months Ago
        @kitman3
        At 255,000 NOK (€33,000 or $47,166 at the current exchange rate), the European and World Car of the Year will cost about the same as a regular compact family hatchback, but with considerably lower running costs. Running costs for the Nissan LEAF in Norway are estimated at less than 12 NOK per 100 km (€1.55 or $2.22 per 62 miles). The price includes the battery (which carries a five-year/100,000 km warranty), a five-year subscription to the unique telematic service, and EV specific roadside assistance. Nissan LEAF is exempt from non-recurring vehicle tax and VAT in Norway. The car is also exempt from public parking fees and toll payments. http://electriccarsreport.com/2011/07/nissan-leaf-to-go-on-sale-in-norway-this-fall/ Not much in the way of governments subsidy as far as I can see. Just that the people in Norway know a good deal when they see one.
          DaveMart
          • 8 Months Ago
          Exemptions are a hidden subsidy, even when it is for something I approve of like this! :-)
          Joeviocoe
          • 8 Months Ago
          "Exemptions are a hidden subsidy" So Republicans are anti-subsidy, right? So they are ant-exemption, right? So your tax exemptions for having dependents (children), are subsidies? So republicans want to raise taxes?
          DaveMart
          • 8 Months Ago
          Joe, If that is to me I ain't even an American, let alone a Republican, which is a species which does not exist in the rest of the world, save possibly under heavy confinement! ;-)
      Spec
      • 8 Months Ago
      Norway is smart. They are selling expensive oil to the rest of the world while they transition to electric cars run by their abundant hydropower and wind farms being developed.
        Michael Walsh
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Spec
        It's incredibly smart. Meanwhile, their populous enjoys one of the best standards of living in the world, and the government has developed a monetary reserve that is the largest per capita of any nation.
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