Tesla buyers will get their cars after the first 9 examples were handed over at a ceremony in Sydney last night. The new owners have been waiting up to two years to take delivery of the Model S – a battery-powered sedan – after being given an original launch date of last year. Although the world’s biggest-selling electric luxury car may have its plug pulled because its special charger is too big for most local electricity grids. Unlike other electric cars, the Tesla cannot be recharged via a normal power point and requires a special charger to be installed at home or work at a cost of up to $10,000.
Australian buyers who order a car could expect it in March, in line with delivery times in the US. Local marketing chief Heath Walker said it was now full speed ahead for Tesla in Australia, with the brand’s first retail centre opening in Sydney today and plans for a similar operation in Melbourne.
Walker said the Model S offered an unparalleled blend of technology, performance and zero-emission driving that would draw buyers away from traditional luxury brands.Prices for the Model S vary from state to state because of registration costs, but start at $101,408 in NSW for the 60kWh entry car, which gives a 345km range.
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