Tesla Model S & X To Launch In South Korea in 2017 – Model 3 In 2018

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 10

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Newly Designed Model S

Newly Designed Model S

Korea Herald is reporting that Tesla Motors will finally enter the South Korean market early next year with the launches of both the refreshed Model S and Model X SUV.

The Model 3 is expected to go on sale in South Korea sometime in 2018.

News of Tesla’s arrival in South Korea comes to us via KT, the nation’s second-largest mobile carrier. According to undisclosed sources. KT will be Tesla’s partner for telematics technology solutions in South Korea.

There’s some additional information regarding charging stations in South Korea. It’s believed that Tesla may partner with KT in that regard too. As Korea Herald reports:

“Sources also said Tesla may consider KT’s plan to build EV charging stations when it makes a final decision.”

“KT recently announced its plan to build 100,000 movable charging apparatus for electric vehicles — which can be simply charged through outlets — by 2018. Apart from the charging apparatus, the mobile carrier is considering transforming its idle public phone booths nationwide into EV charging stations.”

KT confirmed that it’s in talks with Tesla, but wouldn’t provide any additional details.

Model 3 reservations opened in late March in South Korea, though we don’t have any numbers on how many reservations came in from Korea.

Source: Korea Herald

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10 responses to "Tesla Model S & X To Launch In South Korea in 2017 – Model 3 In 2018"

  1. Jychevyvolt says:

    2018!!! Are they going to roll out the model 3 in Korea first.

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      Well, for those Model 3 that are built in China with LG batteries… Maybe. =)

      1. Rob Stark says:

        More likely with LG Displays.

        Like all Model 3s.

        And since Tesla would rather have 100% of profits from Korean sales than 50%, Tesla Korea will probably import from California too.

        1. Jychevyvolt says:

          Korea is not China. You don’t have to include a partner to produce in Korea, I think.

  2. William says:

    They will probably have to start to build cars in South Korea in model year 2021. Just let the UAW work their bosses here stateside, at their old stomping grounds, for a few more years. Stifle production though negotiation (collective bargaining) could be a costly delay tactic used against the Tesla Brand. Hopefully, it won’t materialize until all Model 3 orders are fulfilled through MY 2020.

  3. Jychevyvolt says:

    Maybe a plant in Korea using LG batteries for local build.

  4. Mikael says:

    I wonder if the KT deal will include providing faster wireless connectivity to the car. LTE-A, 5G later, and make the car a hotspot. Just need to swap the modem and add software.

  5. Rick Bronson says:

    Good that Tesla is becoming a worldwide vehicle. A person who buys a luxury vehicle would it to be known worldwide.

    For a landlocked country like Korea, just a few 100 supercharging stations will cover the country.

    But the big question is whether the Koreans buy the imported car. If they don’t Tesla should stop buying Korean batteries.

    1. Jychevyvolt says:

      Landlocked? Isn’t 80% of the country surrounded by the ocean?

    2. Programist says:

      The Korea Peninsula is divided by North & South.
      South Korea is a kind of island, but North Korea is connected to China.

      SK has a lot of TESLA FANS. A LOT !