Australia is one of the final markets for the Tesla Model S to launch in.
In being a right-hand-drive market, Australia, along with the UK and Japan, gets put near the end of the line for Model S initial deliveries.
Luckily, Tesla has begun production of right-hand-drive vehicles, with the first batch now being sold in the UK.
However, Australia is way behind the UK in terms of Model S delivery dates, with the first units not expected to be sold in the Land Down Under until perhaps October of this year.
Furthermore, there's still no pricing information for the Model S on Tesla's Australian website.
Even though information is lacking, we do know the following, courtesy of a Tesla Motors email sent to a Tesla Motors Club member:
- The Model S in Australia will have the EU type inlet and will be compatible with single and three-phase currents
- Model S comes standard with an onboard charger and a 40 amp single phase wall connector. - For customers who ordered the dual chargers, we will provide later (estimated date: Q1 2015) a higher power wall connector, 80A single phase or 32A three-phase, based on the customer's preference. The more powerful connector will be provided free of charge to customers who ordered the dual chargers. - We will develop, in time, a supercharger network in Australia. Given the multiple projects we manage at the moment, the first superchargers should not be expected until early 2015 - that's an estimate and not a guaranteed date. - An optional 10 amp mobile connector compatible with Australian and New Zealand type 3112 electrical outlets will be available for purchase after delivery (availability planned in Q1 2015)
- The Model S is compatible with public charging stations using an IEC 62196 standard connector
Let there be Superchargers in Australia.
Model S reservation holders in Australia are anxiously waiting pricing info and other details specific to delivery of their EVs. We believe Tesla will fulfill the initial few hundred reservations in Australia by the end of the year. If Tesla can deliver a couple hundred EVs in Australia by years end, then the electric automaker will most likely be Australia's #1 seller of plug-in vehicles for 2014. This is largely due to the fact that few plug ins are sold in Australia, mostly due to crazy high price tags there. Fancy a $70,000 BMW i3? How 'bout a $60,000 Holden Volt?
Source: Tesla Motors Club