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Tesla Motors (TSLA) Norway Sales: 1,433 Units So Far This Year, Electric Car Maker Delivered 527 Model S Sedans In November

Tesla Motors Inc. (NADAQ:TSLA) did much better in Norway last month than it did in October, when deliveries of its Model S dropped significantly from the previous month.

November deliveries of the luxury electric sedan to the environmentally progressive country came in at 527 units, according to OFV, Norway’s automotive association. This is a leap from the 98 cars delivered in October, which was a big drop from September’s 606 units.

Tesla began selling its critically acclaimed vehicle in Norway in August, and early deliveries there are certain to have a significant number of pre-order sales collected by Tesla over the past year from eager early adopters.

November’s Model S sales data indicate that October’s lackluster volume is due to Tesla’s current battery cell supply problems that have constrained Tesla’s ability to meet current demand.

“The main constraint on our production is really the cells,” CEO Elon Musk said during a Nov. 5 conference call following the company’s third-quarter earnings report. Each Model S contained thousands of lithium-ion cells manufactured by Panasonic Corp. (TYO:6752). Tesla recently signed a deal with the Osaka, Japan-based electronics manufacturer to acquire 2 billion of these cells through 2017, enough to manufacture well over 250,000 vehicles.


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