The Tesla Model Y was Norway's best-selling car in the month of August, the Norwegian Road Federation said, although the company has not yet started building the full-electric SUV in Europe as planned.
Industry experts said Tesla has been importing the Model Y from Shanghai, although the company would not confirm the source of the vehicles.
Sales of the Model Y have just started in Europe, but in Norway it overtook another EV, the Ford Mach-E, to top the charts, the Norwegian Road Federation, or OFV, told Automotive News Europe.
There were 1,309 Model Ys registered in August, ahead of 907 for the Mach-E and 861 for the VW ID4 full-electric SUV, OFV figures showed.
Norway has long been Europe’s largest electric vehicle market as measured by share. In August electric cars reached 72 percent of the total sold, figures from the OFV showed.
The Tesla Model 3 sedan was Norway’s best-selling car through August with 7,048 registrations, OFV data shows.
The Model 3 was also Europe’s best-selling electric car through July with 66,683 sales, beating the VW ID3 hatchback, according to data from Berlin-based analyst Matthias Schmidt.