Just a few days after unveiling Model S prices in Australia, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has officially started taking pre-orders for its luxury sedan. Interested customers will have to pay $6,000 to place the order, and deliveries will begin in September. The EV maker’s Australian design studio website has also gone live. In Australia, Model S will be competing with Mercedes S and E class, BMW 5 and 7 series and Audi’s A6 and A8.
Tesla invites Australians to experience the right-hand drive Model S
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) will build supercharger network throughout Australia, allowing customers to recharge their vehicles for free. The first Superchargers are expected to be seen in early 2015 in the country. Model S in Australia will sport the same connector as European cars. Tesla has deployed a Model S in Sydney for a test drive, and invited potential customers to experience the right-hand drive Model S. The company has started producing right-hand drive version of the sedan in its Fremont factory.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) said all the Model S cars in Australia with be covered by a 4-year or 80,000km warranty. But batteries in the car will have a warranty for the first 8 years or 200,000km. In Australia, the entry-level iteration Model S 60 has been priced at $91,400. The 80 model costs $103,400, while the top-shelf “performance” P85 price begins at $119,900.
Will Tesla open a showroom in Australia?
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) sells its cars directly to consumers, so prices differ from state to state due to varying taxes, registration costs and stamp duties. Below is the full list of Model S prices in various Australian territories. It’s still unclear whether the U.S. company will open a showroom in Australia, but there have been reports that Tesla has planned one retail-style space in Sydney. It has already established sales offices in Melbourne and Sydney.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is promising Australian customers 390km driving range for the 60 model, 502km for the 80 model, and the same 502km with sharpened power and acceleration for the P85 model.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) shares inched up 0.20% to $210.66 at 9:55 AM EDT on Thursday.