Electric Car Sales Boom in Norway

June 14, 2014

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. beat [beet] (v.) – to win against or to defeat someone or something
ExampleOur company beats other companies in terms of sales.

2. subsidy [SUHB-si-dee] (n.) – amount of money that the government agrees to pay to reduce the cost of a service
Example: Citizens benefit a lot from transportation subsidies.

3. account for  [uh-KOUNT fer] (phrasal v.) – to be the cause why something happens
Example: Good advertising accounted for the new product’s success.

4. incentive [in-SEN-tiv] (n.) – a benefit or merit for doing something
Example: He gets a lot of incentives as a government employee.

5. high-profile [hahy PROH-fahyl] (adj.) – referring to someone who is famous or well-known
Example: High-profile personalities were present in the prestigious event.


Read the text below.
Tesla Motors took the number one spot as the best-selling vehicle in the history of car sales in Norway. 

Having sold 1493 cars in just a month, Tesla Model S is currently the favorite among Norwegians, according to the Information Council for Road Traffic. With 10.8 percent of all car registrations, Model S beat the second bestseller on the list – the Volkswagen Golf, which only has 624 sales.

Model S is one of the several environment-friendly electric cars manufactured by Tesla. The subsidies that the government gives accounted for the popularity of these eco-friendly vehicles. The Norwegian government introduced some incentives to electric car users, such as free-parking, free toll fee, use of public lanes, free battery charging, and high car tax exemptions.

Among the high-profile personalities who purchased the car are Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon [HAW-koo n], the newly appointed NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltensberg, and the head of the environmental group Bellona, Frederic Hauge [HOU-guh].”

However, others are yet to be convinced by the efficiency of this luxurious car. For one, this car is priced at $US 125,000, a lot higher than an ordinary car that has a retail price of $103,000. Also, with all the incentives, traffic lanes easily pile up because of the increasing number of cars.

Nonetheless, the government has agreed to keep the incentives effective until 2017.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Are eco-friendly cars also gaining popularity in your country? Why or why not?
·         If given the chance, would you buy an electric car? Why or why not?

Discussion B

·         Can you cite any possible disadvantages of using electric cars?
·         Would you prefer purchasing a car or commuting? Why or why not?

June 14, 2014