First 2013 Tesla Model S Delivered Outside North America--In Oslo

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First 2013 Tesla Model S delivered in Europe (Photo: @TeslaMotors on Twitter)

First 2013 Tesla Model S delivered in Europe (Photo: @TeslaMotors on Twitter)

It's been out in the U.S. for over a year now, but today marked the first delivery for a Telsa Model S on European soil.

The first 2013 Tesla Model S delivered in Europe rolled out of a Tesla Store in Norwegian capital Oslo, according to the Tesla Motors twitter feed.

Norway is Europe's most electric car-friendly country, with strong sales for models like the Nissan Leaf and a proliferation of public charging points around the country's cities.

In addition, electric cars in Norway are exempt from the country's hefty sales taxes, road tax fees, license fees and even parking fees--so buying and owning is even less expensive than in other electric-friendly areas.

The net result is savings of up to $8,200 per car every year--far greater than in most other countries.

Throw in short average commute times--typically under 30 minutes--and Norway is almost perfect for electric vehicles.

The bottom line? We've seen the first Model S roll onto Norway's streets, and it's likely to be the first of many.

[Hat tip: Brian Henderson]


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