With Launch Of Model X In Hong Kong, Tesla Confident It Can Remain Electric Car Leader There

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NOV 9 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 5

Without much fanfare, Tesla launched the Model X in Hong Kong last month.

Tesla Model 3 Reservation Queue In Hong Kong

Tesla Model 3 Reservation Queue In Hong Kong (via InsideEVs/Alex Wei)

Here’s how laid back and unexciting the press release was:

Tesla has rolled out the much-anticipated Model X sport utility vehicle in Hong Kong featuring falcon wing doors. Deliveries are expected to begin later this year through to early 2017.

The Model X product line will include the 60D, 75D, 90D and P90D. 

The all-wheel drive Model X packs an acceleration from standstill to 100 kilometers per hour in 3.1 seconds, top speed of 250 kph and it boasts greater interior storage capacity.

Falcon wing doors offer accessibility, while the seating configurations can be adapted for up to seven occupants.

Hong Kong is one market where Tesla absolutely dominates the electric vehicle scene, and the automaker expects that domination to be bolstered with the arrival of the X.

Robin Ren, vice president Asia-Pacific Tesla, stated:

“Even in a city like Hong Kong [which is successful for Tesla], our growth potential is huge.”

“If you have 1 per cent market share and you’re growing, then essentially … growth potential is unlimited.”

That 1% he’s referring to is out of total vehicle sales. For reference, Tesla controls somewhere in the neighborhood of 55% of the electric vehicle market there.  In 2015, Tesla sold just over 2,200 Model S sedans in the country, out of ~3,000 total EV sales.

Ren adds:

“The majority of families in Hong Kong only own one car, and customers see the Model X as an ideal family car as it is more spacious and fits more people [compared to a sedan]. Furthermore, the total cost of ownership is great because they save on petrol and [have access to] charging infrastructure. “

“We want to introduce a clean energy alternative to all the other gasoline-based SUVs.”

Source: South China Morning Post

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5 Comments on "With Launch Of Model X In Hong Kong, Tesla Confident It Can Remain Electric Car Leader There"

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Clearly this is Truly the Only SUV Worthy of the Name ..Low Center of Gravity , Mind Blowing Acceleration Great Handling & Lots Of Room. Unlike The Traditional SUV’s that are Everything BUT! The Hazardous Gas Guzzling ICE Behemoths That roll over when you make a Quick rite turn & take all day to hit 60 mph.

One problem in HK though. Everyone has their car in narrow garages which usually have low ceiling height. Falcon wing doors not great..

Just one (new) Question, though: Will they also be limited to 400 kWh of Annual Supercharge Credits there beginning on January 1st, 2017? The new ‘Supercharger Credits’ System Elon Mentioned – does need some detailed explanation given, and hopefully – soon! I can see – limiting Supercharging at a Local Supercharger to 400 kWh a year in North America – as we are supposed to charge at home, or – anywhere but on a Supercharger – unless we are doing a ‘Road Trip’ – but I don’t count 1 day drive away from home and back on a Weekend – a real Road Trip, that is just a ‘Weekend Getaway’ – and a Road Trip – is much longer time on the road than that, and many more miles! Even my Trip to Oshkosh, WI from Toronto, ON, is 700 miles one way, and that is a fairly routine Summer event, and many people travel there for EAA Air Venture Oshkosh, from much longer distances! My biggest Road Trip yet – was from Toronto To Oshkosh, and after the show – down to Presidio, West Texas, and then back to Toronto: About 4,300 Miles (in the Google Shortest Trip, with… Read more »

Only 2200 Teslas sold in the country? Didn’t they sell any in other parts of China?

It should have said “region” or “market” rather than country, but Hong Kong is a completely separate auto market. It’s a right-hand-drive region, a legacy of the British ownership of Hong Kong, while mainland China is left-hand-drive.

Auto traffic from HK to mainland China is also very limited, with a special driver’s license required.

Regarding the distinction between mainland China and Hong Kong, the Chinese say “One country, two systems”:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_country,_two_systems