Tesla Model S So Popular In South Korea That Wait List For Test Drives Is 6 Months

3 months ago by Eric Loveday 7

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Could you imagine demand being so high that you’ll have to wait six months to even test drive a car?

Well, that seems to be the case with the Tesla Model S in South Korea.

Outside Aerial Rendering Of Starfield Hanam, Site Of One Of Tesla’s Stores In South Korea

It’s being reported that you could actually purchase a Model S in South Korea and take delivery of it in less time than it would take to make your way through the waiting list for a test drive.

There’s a reason for this though. Tesla South Korea has just two showrooms, both of which opened very recently. Each showroom can handle approximately 10 test drives per day (20 to 30-minute drives), or 20 total for the nation. The backlog of those waiting to drive the Model S is so long that at the 20-per-day rate, it could take up to 6 months to get behind the wheel of an S to test it out.

Meanwhile, if you live in South Korea and place an order for a Model S today, you’ll get your car in approximately three months, according to Tesla.

The only Tesla available for purchase right now in South Korea in the Model S 90D version. Other versions of the S and eventually even the X should become available in the near future, provided the Korean government authorizes them for sale.

Forbes adds:

“Indeed, a few customers have already put in their orders at both showrooms on opening week, as well as online since March 7, although the company declined to reveal the number. That means at least a few customers have bought the car, carrying a 121 million won ($107,000) sticker price, without even having experienced the car’s quiet hum as it revs 0-100 kilometers per hour in 4.4 seconds.”

The Tesla Model S does not qualify for any subsidies in South Korea. Quoting Forbes:

“The Korean government offers around 14 million won ($12,400) for electric car buyers, with some regions sweetening the deal with extra subsidies. But both Tesla and the environment ministry confirmed that the 90D would not be eligible.”

In fact, only a handful of electric vehicles qualify, with most of them having some direct connection to South Korea, either via manufacturer or battery maker.

Source: Forbes

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8 responses to "Tesla Model S So Popular In South Korea That Wait List For Test Drives Is 6 Months"

  1. ijonjack says:

    Lotsa money floating around in Korea.

  2. leafowner says:

    Trump — how about you tell Korea they can’t sell any more Kia’s or Hyundai’s here in the US unless you let Tesla sell all they can in Korea?!?

    1. Another (Euro) industrial point of view says:

      Yes but then how Trump could possibly imagine that suddenly a US made car could become a hot exportation product ? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

    2. Viking79 says:

      Bolt EV just went on sale in Korea, sold 400 units in 2 hours and made 2000 preorders. Not bad for a US made EV, even if it has Korean origins. Not Tesla demand, but matches first couple months in the US.

  3. Mil says:

    Sounds like there’s a business opportunity for someone to hire our their Tesla for test rides for a nice fat lump of money.

  4. Chris says:

    Lots of attention there, but maybe not leading to the actual sales.. We’ll see.

  5. Jason says:

    And this will decline as some of those people have friends with a Tesla and get a ride with them.

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