Business has still been booming for Tesla electric cars in Norway, with the California-based carmaker registering 3,141 new cars in Norway during the first half of this year, according to state motor vehicle authorities. That’s up 85 percent over the same period last year, but problems with many Tesla cars in Norway have forced the California-based company to fly in extra repair crews.
Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported recently that service workers from abroad were needed to relieve overloaded repair centers in Norway. A Norwegian professor who owns a Tesla himself thinks the company has delivered cars with quality problems.
DN has reported earlier on Tesla owners who have had to wait for months to have their vehicles serviced. Tesla founder Elon Musk admitted earlier this summer that Norwegians had “all reason” to be dissatisfied with Tesla.
Tesla’s Norwegian regional director for Northern Europe and Norway, which has been a major market for Teslas because of all the tax incentives provided for electric vehicles, is also leaving the company. Pål Simonsen told DN he welcomed the competition Tesla is getting, most recently from the Jaguar I-Pace. Simonsen claimed the Nordic countries remained important for Tesla, “and we have a united Nordic team in place to help our customers.” DN reported that Jan Oehmicke was due to take over as vice president for Tesla Europea, after a long career with BMW.