The cost of living in Norway is incredibly high, and the typical Norwegian Model S buyer makes $285,000. That's almost double the average income in the communities where most Model S vehicles are being purchased throughout Norway, meaning that the buyers are the richest of the rich. And in addition to auto-registration fee exemptions and other goodies, Model S drivers get access to bus lanes, free ferry rides and automobile-tax discounts. It's a charmed life.
With such hefty incentives, Tesla made a big splash as soon as it started selling its cars in a Norway a few months back. In fact, Agence France-Presse said that the Model S was Norway's best-selling car (not the best-selling green car, the best-selling car) in September, the same month Tesla began deploying its Supercharger network there. Norwegians bought 616 Model S sedans that month, accounting for about five percent of all cars sold in the country. Now we know why.