Tesla’s record-breaking quarter for deliveries and the surge in Model X deliveries can partly be explained by the first significant shipments of the all-electric SUV in one of Tesla’s most important markets: Norway.
The automaker delivered almost 800 Model X units in the country over the quarter and over 600 in the last month alone, which made the luxury all-electric SUV the second-best-selling car in the country, based on registration data.
The Tesla Model S has often been among the best-selling cars in Norway, but it’s the first time for the Model X since deliveries started in the country back in June.
After 7 Model X units in June, 23 in July and 168 in August, deliveries surged in September with 601 Model X’s during the last month.
It more than compensated for declining Model S deliveries (460 during the same period) in what once was Tesla’s top European market for the sedan.
Model S deliveries are down more than 50% in Norway according to registration data:
But helped by the Model X and its backlog of reservations over the past 4 years, Tesla’s overall deliveries in Q3 2016 were 1,252 or a 120% increase over the same period last year.
The 601 Model X units were enough to make the Model X the best-selling EV in the country in September and the second-best-selling of all vehicles just behind the VW Golf.
It will be interesting to see how the market for Tesla vehicles will mature in Norway now that the company offers two different vehicles. Tesla delivers vehicles overseas in batches and therefore, monthly deliveries don’t mean a lot, but even quarterly the Model X is among the top-selling cars in the country.
Due to EV incentives, several other electric vehicles are still popular in the country based on registration data, like the BMW i3 with 581 deliveries and the Nissan LeAF with 199 during the last month.