Tesla Model 3 dominates the car market in Norway

Tesla Model 3 in red

March was the first full month of deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 in Norway and numbers are impressive. It shames every other car, electric or not in this country.


Let’s see Norway’s most registered electric cars in March.

Tesla Model 3


Volkswagen e-Golf


BMW i3


Nissan LEAF


Audi e-tron


Jaguar I-PACE


Hyundai Kona Electric


Hyundai IONIQ Electric


Tesla Model X


Renault ZOE



Furthermore, all these 5.305 Tesla Model 3 were new sales.


Looking forward to see the numbers of other European countries, especially Germany, where Mercedes, BMW and Audi should be worried.



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’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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2 years ago

Impressive is not a strong enough word. Nearly 6000 Teslas (3 + X + S) in one month in tiny Norway. Very well done by the local Tesla sales organization! Total EV market share must be above 75% for March. Ironically, close to 700 Audi e-Trons and nearly 1000 of the old outgoing e-Golf are great numbers but completely overshadowed by Tesla. For a niche brand like Jaguar 400+ sales of a model in small country is awesome.

Meantime in Sweden, deliveries of Model 3 have been hampered by the local Tesla organizations total ineptitude in turning over the cars to buyers. Buyers are furious at having delivery cancelled at the last minute time and time again with cars piled up at Teslas distribution points. I expect April to be a strong month when this mess has been sorted out. I’m seeing more and more Model 3s around as the weeks go by. It is a really nice looking car and sized just right for European streets.

2 years ago
Reply to  Henrik

The March BEV market share was 57% (10 316 out of 18 213), according to https://vegnett.no/2019/03/mer-enn-50-prosent-elbil-andel-for-forste-gang/ (in Norwegian). This is the first month ever with BEV share over 50%. (The numbers are per March 29 and include only new car sales of private cars.)
The share for the whole Q1 was 48% (18 226 out of 38 157).

2 years ago

They sold some cars during the last week end as well, so the final numbers for March are 10 728 BEVs out of 18 375 new car registrations (58,4%).
If we add 4 hydrogen cars, we get 10 732 registered zero-emission cars, which is exactly twice as many as in March 2018.
source (with more info): https://ofv.no/bilsalget/bilsalget-i-mars-2019-1 (in Norwegian)

2 years ago
Reply to  Michal

Are there any studies that show the benefits of e-mobility [buses, [passenger cars] for Norway’s population?

2 years ago
Reply to  Vadim

I mean a positive effect for public health as a result of reduced NOx, PM2.5, noise pollution, etc.

2 years ago

There will be a small period of tesla M3 hype…

If it stays up till end of summer, that would be impressing. It would even be more impressive, if it would sell without subsid.

2 years ago
Reply to  Blue

The number from March won’t be repeated in a long, long time — it’s 2.5 times the previous record and that was also a case of pent-up demand (for the new Leaf, in March 2018).

But it will probably be the best-selling car in Norway every month for the rest of the year, and of course overall for the year.

I got one, and am seriously impressed so far. It charges at 750 km/h, so it’s more likely the car must wait for you than the reverse on a road trip. And late this year the peak charging speed will more than double (from 118 to 250 kW!), meaning you can add 160 km in a five minute session, should you wish to.

EVs have developed enormously since the beginning of the decade. And they may improve as much again in just the first half of the next. I don’t believe only Tesla can do it, but for now, they are the only one actually trying to meet demand.

2 years ago

It is not really that electric vehicles are subsidized by the state, it is that the ICEs that are taxed out of the market. Without the government thumb on the scale, the market would look very different. The taxes on electric cars go up in the future. That will reveal if electric cars have become established enough to keep their foothold or if conventional cars will come back in force. Economic theory says they should, but I think the products are different enough for many people not to switch back.

2 years ago
Reply to  Henrik

True, but the taxes simply reflect the costs to society. And this is where tax systems are — at glacial pace — heading: away from just being a way to raise revenue, and towards aligning the incentives for inviduals with those of society.

2 years ago
Reply to  Henrik

I think you ought to say that FF cars have had enormous tax advantages so far. If all the costs to society that are caused by burning dinosaur juice were to be included in the tax rates, ICE cars would have been out of reach for the majority of the people forever. Taxing FF to incentivize EVs is what real governments ought to do. It’s become more than clear that in a capitalist society the gains are for the happy few and the losses are for the masses. Fortunately some countries still have level-headed people in charge in this horrendous era of neo-liberal grab-em-by-the-pussy mentality.

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2 years ago
Reply to  Carlos

Norways’s public wealth fund is financed by selling crude oil. Oil has made Norway a very rich country.

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!