While Tesla Motors doesn’t break down its sales by regions, it’s no secret that Norway has fallen in love with the all-electric sedan. That’s because in Norway, car sales are taxed by engine displacement…unless you buy an EV, that is. Then there are much lower taxes, as well as free tolls and ferries, as well as parking in some of the largest cities, which can literally save you tens of thousands of dollars annually.
That’s a huge incentive, don’t get me wrong, but as somebody who absolutely abhors traffic, it’s not even the best part of Tesla ownership. As this video shows, the best part of owning a Tesla Model S in Norway is access to the bus and taxi lanes, which means rush hour traffic is no longer a problem. You can just coast on by in quiet luxury as the suckers sit stuck in traffic.
Of course this isn’t a right reserved solely for Tesla owners. Anybody who has bought a plug-in car has access to the bus lanes, and while some bus drivers have complained, it’s been a huge boon to plug-in sales in the cold Scandinavian country. The Tesla Model S and Nissan LEAF are the two best-selling cars in Norway right now, and giving these vehicles access to the bus lanes is a huge perk that doesn’t cost the government much at all.
Sure, there are a lot of other perks to driving a Model S. But if you’re the kind of person who values your time, this is probably the best reason to buy an electric car in Norway right now.