First Right Hand Drive Tesla Model S EVs Get Delivered In UK

JUN 7 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 7

“Getting ready to deliver the first right hand drive cars to their owners…”

States Tesla Motors.

As we foreshadowed this morning, the first right hand drive (RHD) Tesla Model S EVs are being delivered today in the UK.

This marks the start of RHD deliveries, which aside from the UK will soon occur in Japan, Australia and Hong Kong.

Right Hand Drive Tesla Model S

Right Hand Drive Tesla Model S

Right Hand Drive Tesla Model S

Right Hand Drive Tesla Model S

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7 Comments on "First Right Hand Drive Tesla Model S EVs Get Delivered In UK"

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Michael
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Michael

Great to hear, UK and Japan will be important markets! Go Tesla Go!

gary a
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gary a

Anyone know how many are being delivered from this first batch?

Spec9
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Spec9

I wonder how many they’ll be able to sell in Japan. They are a gadget crazy country but the have a notoriously difficult auto market for foreigners to crack. They are quite nationalistic in that way.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

ISTR similar comments regarding the iPhone.. “There’s no emoji! There’s no loop to hang trinkets off of it! The Japanese will NEVER buy it!”

iPhone’s at ~36% of the Japanese market:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-13/apple-boosts-japanese-market-share-after-ntt-docomo-sells-iphone.html

Pantarei
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Pantarei

If the Models S doesn’t do well in Japan, like I expect, it’ll have less to do with any nationalism, but more with it’s enormous width. Narrow streets and parking will be a mayor sales limiting factor. It’s not just for financial reasons half of the cars sold there are kei cars. Gen 3 is hopefully going to be better suited for Japan.

Mike I
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Mike I

Not being able to use mechanical parking in Japan will be a big issue. Forget 21’s. Even with the 19″ wheels, there is reportedly only 1cm space on the side of each sidewall in most mechanical parking wheel trays. In about 25% of mechanical parking systems, the Model S won’t fit at all.

jmac
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jmac

There have been a couple comments about how the Model S might do in Japan. Below is a link to the Japan Automobile Importers Association website.

Once you get on the homepage you just have to keep clicking until you land where you want. Information comes up in PDF form.

Hope Tesla does well.

http://www.jaia-jp.org/english/