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LEAF is second biggest selling Nissan in Norway

Some 2,298 were registered in Norway last year, with total sales now standing at 3,300. Its popularity makes it the second biggest selling Nissan in the country, only 599 units behind the Qashqai.

The carmaker said much of its success had come down to an advanced incentive package for Norwegian EV drivers. VAT is removed from the purchase price, there is no road tax, most tolls are removed and drivers are allowed to use bus lanes and EV-specific parking spaces, significantly cutting down on commuting times and adding convenience in town.

Norway also has a growing network of quick chargers, and an electrical grid with 99% of its supply coming from hydroelectric plants, a renewable source. The public access network will soon grow to include units at McDonalds restaurants across the country.

Paal Simonsen, Nissan country manager in Norway, said: ‘There is also a clear fiscal advantage to driving an EV as well as priority treatment on the roads. With an extended network of Quick Chargers being put in place we are confident that sales of Nissan LEAF will grow even more quickly in 2013.’

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