Tesla Model S is outselling all other cars in this country
— By Tyler Falk on April 4, 2014, 2:56 PM PST
I wonder which country you live in? The whole article was misleading. Is this the new journalism where you take a story and make it say what you want rather than make it factual..
Whacky journalistic math.
You make it sound like one in one hundred is WAY more than .7 percent. 1 in 100 is 1%. You are comparing 1.0% with 0.7% - a relatively small difference.
Do us all a favour - do not spread the hyperbole. Use the same style and units when comparing two percentages.
"About one in 100 cars in the country are electric. That might not seem significant, but in the United States about 0.7 percent of cars are electric...." Um, "[a]bout one in 100" is about 1%, while "about 0.7 percent" is about 1%. Is there a typo?
Is this another artificial sales spike, driven by another bulk quantity shipment of Tesla-S's arriving on a cargo ship - as it was last year when the Tesla S was the 'top selling car in Norway', when 12 months of (back) orders were delivered in 1 ship, and registered in one go.
Go from Mar 2014 to 2014-YTD, and the graph changes very markedly, away from Tesla advocacy, though agree still appears top.
It's pretty self evident a $100,000 premium car is nor Norway's top selling car v's the hugely more affordable Nissan Leaf or VW eUP!
Can you provide some verified stats please.
Total Sales, by Model Y2013
Total Sales, by month, by Model Q1 2014
I can accept the 10% of average 12,000 new car sales are electric, but cannot reconcile this to the very expensive Tesla S being the top one, almost 4x more than the Nissan Leaf - Normal cars like VW Golf, Ford Fiesta/Focus, Toyota Yaris, Vauxhall (GM) Astra/Corsa, Nissan Quasqui etc
"About one in 100 cars in the country are electric. That might not seem significant, but in the United States about 0.7 percent of cars are electric...." Um, "[a]bout one in 100" is about 1%, while "about 0.7 percent" is about 1%.
The origin of your typo was made clear once I visited Neil P.'s NPR link (see his comment), which contains this: "Sometime in April, Norway is expected to become the first country where one in every 100 cars is purely electric. One percent may not sound like a huge figure, but in the U.S., the equivalent number would be something close to .07 percent."
Of course, taking the number of electric cars in Norway, and dividing by the total number of cars in the U.S. to get .07 percent, is some sort of New Math, and hardly helpful.
So, to be clear, the U.S. percent is NOT 0.7 percent, NOR is it .07 percent. (Unless it IS .07%, and the NPR reporter just doesn't know how to explain numbers, which seems quite possible.)
The Norwegian tax credits for a Tesla exceed €125,000 or more than the retail price of the car. In addition they get free parking and free tolls while traditional and useful IC and diesel cars continue to be taxed at a rate of nearly 100%.
It's not hard to understand the "success" when the cars are virtually free. Just another example of social engineering by an over-reaching nanny state.
The salary for the average Tesla buyers is over $300,000, while the salary of the average Leaf buyer is over $140,000. The idea that this customer segment needs these types of subsidies is repulsive.
But there will be a reckoning. Already they're having trouble charging the cars in cold weather and are coming to grips with poor EV performance in cold weather. In a few years they can see why the Leaf has the worst price residual in the US and why Tesla is close behind.
BTW loved Bahrain but wish the pack could nip at the heels of the silver arrows a bit more.
Can I push you to provide the missing context and detail, like I constantly am pushing Tyler for, but in his case I am always disappointed.
Can you give more detail and clarity on the Norwegian EV subsidy scheme, and what it consists of as it's certainly not as clear cut as 'free Tesla's for all' as you are giving the impression of...
... as from doing some basic background (journalistic fact checking) research (something SP are terrible at), the tax credits seem to top out at around the equivalent of up to $8,000 and cover a multitude of things like a direct annual subsidy, free parking, use of bus lanes (though not sure how this calculates/equates to a financial monetary value), free ferry, free charging (according to Teslamotors.com there are only 6 Tesla superchargers in a large often very environment challenging rural country like Norway) etc... How does a Tesla S do with snow tyres/chains, for example.
@EVdeath It's just amazing what a country can afford to subsidize when it's chief export is fossil fuels.