Someone may want to try to translate "Gigafactory this!" into Norwegian. Tesla Motors just set the all-time monthly sales record for a single model in Norway, The Wall Street Journal says, citing Norwegian transportation officials. And that's for any type of model, gas-powered or not.

The California-based electric-vehicle maker, which is planning a massive Gigafactory battery plant in the US as it prepares to unveil a lower-priced model, sold 1,493 Model S sedans in Norway last month. The sales total more than doubled the No. 2 selling Volkswagen Golf (624 units) and beat a 28-year-old monthly sales record set by the Ford Sierra (1,454 vehicles). And March marked the second straight month an electric vehicle took Norway's best-selling crown, which was won by Nissan for its Leaf in February.

That's heady stuff, and it gets headier when you factor in Norway's population of only about 5.1 million people. That means that on a per-capita basis, that'd be like Tesla selling about 94,000 Model S vehicles in a month in the US. By comparison, Ford sold "only" about 71,000 of its best-selling F-Series trucks last month.

With cheap and abundant hydroelectric power, Norway heaps lots of incentives for its EV buyers, including perks such as free parking, an extensive recharging network, use of bus lanes and free ferries and road tolls. With EV subsidies tallied at about $8,000 per vehicle, the country reportedly may reach its limit of providing incentives for 50,000 EVs by mid-2015, or about two-and-a-half years ahead of schedule. And for that, Norwegians, blame Tesla.


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      Spec
      • 15 Hours Ago
      They need to install some offshore wind to supplement their hydropower. Every gas car they eliminate means more oil they can sell to other countries.
      paulwesterberg
      • 15 Hours Ago
      I don't live in norway, but I looked up some numbers: Volkswagen Golf base: 242,700.00 kr + 60,675 kr for vat(25%) + Per Year: 8,407kr road tax/tolls 30,000parking fees 20,441kr gas(15.34 kr/L with 12k miles) Tesla Model S base: 463,800 kr, no tax, no fees, free parking, cheap fuel. So in Norway over 4-5 years a Tesla Model S may cost less than a VW Golf. Which would you rather drive?
      thecommentator2013
      • 15 Hours Ago
      Now tell me...who builds the best cars in the world? Clue: It's not the Germans....
      Jim1961
      • 15 Hours Ago
      These buyers must have ordered their cars months or years ago and they all came over on the same ship!
      danfred311
      • 15 Hours Ago
      The nazis are not happy #threetimelosers :)
      Krist Kristus
      • 15 Hours Ago
      Norwegians , I bow to you!
      bluepongo1
      • 15 Hours Ago
      http://motherboard.vice.com/read/in-2013-solar-capacity-hit-record-highs-while-costing-less-than-ever-before
      Levine Levine
      • 15 Hours Ago
      Same sales record could be achieved in USA if equivalent incentives were afforded to Model S. The oppositions consisting of incumbent automakers and NADA will kill any such proposal.