Norway Loves Nissan LEAF
Royal Nissan of Baton Rouge, LA loves the LEAF EV. You know who loves it more though? Apparently, Norway. The new Nissan EV has become the second-best selling Nissan in that country, and the ninth-best selling car in February, 2012. The Japanese auto maker sold 1000 Nissan LEAF models in Norway in six months.
How do they do it? Organization and incentives - Norwegian drivers have come to love EV cars thanks to accessibility.
Olivier Paturet, GM of the Zero Emission Strategy at Nissan Europe, noted - "We are very happy to see that the ambition of the Norwegian government has matched our own with strong support for the widespread introduction of electric vehicles. The Norwegian package of incentives is unsurpassed and the recharging infrastructure is established and accessible."1
What incentives? Norway charges no tax on EV sales, and EV drivers can park for free, skip tolls, even receive use of HOV / bus lanes. There are currently 3500 public charging ports in the capital city, many of them are free.
Norway is loyal to its alternative fuel transportation strategy. They have made EVs accessible, even hip.
North America is catching up: Money is being poured into EV research, charging stations are popping up across the continent. Hopefully, Nissan LEAF EV will one day be the top selling EV in the US, Canada, and Europe.