First Tesla Model 3 demo cars arrived in Norway

Tesla Model 3

In Norway during during the course of this month 17 Tesla Model 3 cars were already registered. These units are most likely all demo cars that will be available at the 12 Tesla Stores in Norway.

The arrival of demo units happens just few weeks before first deliveries start to Norwegian customers.

In the USA the Tesla Model 3 – even with some initial production problems – didn’t take too long to become the best selling electric car. Moreover, in its domestic market the Tesla Model 3 already outsells its ICE alternatives. We’ll see if in Europe the Tesla Model 3’s dominance will happen even faster.

I’m curious to see how many units of long and mid-range will Tesla sell before making the standard range variant available. I think that most Europeans will wait for the cheapest and more efficient variant, since it will have enough range for European customers.

How do you think Europeans will welcome the Tesla Model 3? Will we see ICE alternatives sales decline soon?


Thanksย Michaล‚ for the heads up.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. Iโ€™m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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Maarten Vinkhuyzen
2 years ago

I can’t say how Europeans will welcome the Model 3.
I make a testdrive Saturday. I will now more after that.

2 years ago

It will be well received I think, but nowhere near as effusively as Americans are expecting and hoping for.

2 years ago
Reply to  Ricardo

The challenge is that you need to charge the battery with grid energy. So what about people who live in an apartment and need to go to public charging stations? In deep winter? What about the toxic batteries? Norway has a high standard of green energy and environmental conservation. So I see there is a conflict

Maarteb Vinkhuyzen
2 years ago

After the test drive and some chatting with the Tesla people at the Tilburg factory, I am a lot more optimistic.
The Model 3 will be the most sold electric car of 2019, both because of production capacity and a superior value proposition.

filip bjurling
2 years ago

It’s all about models and pricing. I think people value range very high. But if you have to pay 20k to get longer range, about the same price as a decent fosil car, people will be sound and choose the cheaper option. Right now this car is the cheapest one sold:
Model 3, long range, awd, premium interior = 55k EUR

Let’s say they also release these two versions
Model 3 long range = 45k EUR
Model 3 short range = 35k EUR

Then I think the long range, with 140 km more of real world range, and short range will sell equally as good. It’s all about pricing.

2 years ago
Reply to  filip bjurling

Tesla M3 batteries will last 800,000Km while retaining >70% of capacity on average.
Lithium Ion batteries are Far less toxic than heavy metal batteries (Lead, Cadmium)
Tesla has a batt recycle program
There is an after-market for used Tesla batteries for high capacity Home battery use – an M3 battery will retain a capacity >50kwh after 800,000Km, home batt capacities are about 14kwh.
Tesla builds compact chargers for homes, apartment buildings and businesses.
The home charger is $500 in US.
Tesla includes standard 6 meter charge cable that can be plugged in to a standard outlet and recharge car +80km range in 10 hours.
Tesla builds “destination chargers” for businesses and apartment buildings – these are sometimes free (subsidies exist for this in many cities)

2 years ago

Even with global warming, there is a long way before Norway in January looks like this picture ๐Ÿ˜‰

Alok Tontini
2 years ago
Reply to  Fiatlux


2 years ago

Rolf Papsdorf
I see you have strong links to a Fuel Cell company!
Are you not more concerned with the lack of infrastructure and cost of producing hydrogen, plus the overall inefficiency of that production, combined with conversion BACK to electricity using fuel cells?

2 years ago
Reply to  Roger

he can’t answer coz got brain damage by eating toxic batteries, so Rolf please stop eating those batteries

2 years ago

Rolf says

> what about people who live in an apartment and need to go to public charging stations? In deep winter?

It’s actually not that demanding. I live in Norway, and in a condo. Norway’s electricity grid is a lot of old IT networks (Albania has a better grid than we do!), and only about 20% TN network, which totally dominates in most of Europe and is far superior. Luckily for me, the building I live in is on TN, so the main intake from the transformer station is 400V 3-phase current. It’s a pretty small building with only 27 units.

We just asked three companies for offers to establish power points at all of the parking spaces in our garage so that we can have a reasonably future-proof solution for charging electric vehicles. You’d be surprised how little is actually needed! Just one new 63A circuit is sufficient. It is not clear to me if the main intake had to be modified in our case, but I know the offers were all around 80 000 NOK, which is โ‚ฌ8 235,- at the moment. In other words, the cost of getting the power comes to just โ‚ฌ305 per unit. That is less than half the average cost of establishing a new 32A circuit to the garage in a villa.

In addition to having the power available it is also necessary to install a smart charger (“wallbox”). That is nearly the same whether you live in a villa or a condominium. (It isn’t exactly the same because in a condo, you need to ensure the boxes can talk to each other. There are standard protocols, but in practice, you may want to buy everything from a single seller so nobody can point fingers at anyone else if something doesn’t work.)

As for “toxic batteries”, your information is simply outdated. Modern lithium-ion batteries are entirely non-toxic and have been so for decades. The main problem with today’s batteries is the mining of their minerals, especially cobalt, over half of which is supplied from Congo. This makes it difficult to get hold of sufficient cobalt without also financing warlords and child/slave labour. And the mining pits themselves can have serious environmental impact as well, at least locally. But the batteries are not toxic. And the experience so far suggests batteries are likely to outlast vehicles. And the batteries can have a second life after that in grid energy storage applications, perhaps even for much longer than their service life as automotice batteries.

And their minerals can be recycled. That isn’t economical to do today – but that, unlike what some imagine, says nothing about whether it will be. No matter how easily you could extract the minerals from used battery packs today, it would not be economical to do so, simply because there are so very few battery packs that are coming to the end of their automotive life. It will be several more decades before a recycler would have a sizeable and relatively stable supply of batteries to recycle, because EVs have only just begun their rise, and most will live for nearly 20 years. As it is today, the supply of used battery packs is best predicted by snowfall and icy roads in Norway… because then people crash, and some of the cars just aren’t worth repairing – but the battery pack is still fine.

2 years ago

Unfortunately I don’t think that Teslas Model 3 will bring the EV revolution this year. Maybe in Norway, but with a starting price of over 60.000 Euro in my country I think it is still too expensive. Maybe PSA or VAG can do it with the 208 EV, Corsa EV or the ID Neo, next year.

2 years ago

In the netherlands you can now order and drive the currently available Model 3 within a couple of months…

All the people on the waiting list are probably waiting the ‘ $35.000’ version…

In short: it is still way to expensive for private owners.

2 years ago

Going to test drive one of these in two hours! Looking forward to it, but I’m 95% sure by now I’m not getting it โ€” at least not new, directly from Tesla. Maybe a used dual motor Inn a couple of years? But so much will happen in two years in this space it’s no point thinking about it yet.

BTW, Pedro, you really need to fix the comments code. The catchpa systematically fails on first post, and the site keeps forgetting my name and email. (Yes, cookies are enabled. But use local storage instead, it’s 2019!)

2 years ago
Reply to  Terawatt

And fix newlines! Do you test with internet explorer or something..? (Every other browser uses just LF, so just remove any CRs and it’ll work the same with IE and every other browser. Paragraphs matter!)

2 years ago

Until the first 100.000 Model 3 were built it took quite a long time, but now the counter is running, now (May 2019) a TESLA car is built every 90 seconds!