Tesla already number 1 in Iceland?
Tesla electric vehicles have been on the roads of Iceland for years. However, the American manufacturer has only been officially present since September last year.
According to Electrek: " Iceland is perfect for the mass adoption of electric vehicles. The island's electricity production is already almost 100% renewable, which makes electric cars super clean, and being a remote island, petrol is very expensive". These are all elements that logically contribute to Tesla's success in the country.
Ideal conditions for Tesla
It is also the very geography of Iceland that is ideal for electric mobility. The population is notably grouped in the capital, Reykjavik, which has about 130,000 inhabitants. With the agglomeration, it groups together practically two thirds of the island's population (362,000 inhabitants), or approximately 220,000 inhabitants. Residents who therefore generally have short distances to cover with their vehicle, an ideal configuration for the mass adoption of electric cars.
Since arriving in September 2019, Tesla has obviously exploded the sales counter in Iceland. For the first quarter of 2020, Tesla sold a total of 415 vehicles, more than brands like Toyota or Volkswagen. In total, electric cars represent 31.7% of sales for the first quarter of 2020. Taking into account PHEV and BEV vehicles, this rate climbs to 57.6%.
Recall that the first Tesla deliveries started just a few weeks ago in Iceland, and the country should welcome many Model 3, Model S and Model X in the coming weeks. Tesla is also planning to introduce new Supercharger stations across the country to improve user comfort. Remember that Iceland is also among the top 10 countries that have expressed an interest in the Tesla Cybertruck, since the country would be in tenth position, just behind … France!