Overwhelming Demand For Model 3 In New Zealand Drives Expansion Plans For Tesla

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OCT 18 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 16

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According to a recent release from Tesla, New Zealand will be a new area of focus for the automaker.

Tesla says that the Model S, X and 3 will all be offered in New Zealand, as well as Tesla Energy products (Powerwall and Powerpack), a Tesla store and service center and even some Superchargers. The store should be in place sometime next year.

Tesla’s statement is as follows:

“In response to overwhelming demand for Model 3 and enthusiasm from owners who have imported their Tesla’s into the country, Tesla has confirmed New Zealand as a future site for a Tesla Store and Service Center along with sites for Superchargers.”

Tesla adds that orders for its vehicles will open next month in New Zealand. Prior to that, Tesla hopes to recruit local employees to begin filling spots required for the expansion efforts.

Source: New Zealand Herald

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16 Comments on "Overwhelming Demand For Model 3 In New Zealand Drives Expansion Plans For Tesla"

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Nice can’t wait until wednesday, what will be revealed? An electric helecopter, plane….

“In response to overwhelming demand for Model 3”

Is there any country where there was underwhelming demand? I read that even some OPEC countries are interested.

Tuvalu didn’t place any reservations. πŸ™‚

and tesla.tv already registered πŸ™‚

I would guess the demand in North Korea is pretty low. πŸ˜‰

And heck, the entire continent of Antarctica…

Ask a stupid question, get stupid answers. πŸ™‚

What I should’ve asked is if there’s any place with underwhelming demand with respect to expected demand.

As for North Korea, if they’re told it’s made by dear leader, which they would anyway, the demand will be far above expectations, maybe everyone single person in the entire country would want it.

“…everyone single person in the entire country would want it.”

*Sigh* I really didn’t think my joke needed explanation, and anyway, a joke is no longer funny when it has to be explained.

But for those who didn’t get it: N. Korea is so poor that many in the country are starving. It’s also infamous for having very little electric power, and even what exists is undependable and at best only available for a few hours a day.

“It’s also infamous for having very little electric power, and even what exists is undependable and at best only available for a few hours a day.”

Sounds like they need SCTY panels and Tesla Powerwall.

Perfect! =)

I went to New Zealand recently. It’s a perfect market for EVs. Here are my reasons.

1. Gas is expensive. Around $8USD/USgal equivalent.
2. It’s a rural country, so public transportation isn’t great (unless you are in a few countries). People have to drive.
3. All wall outlets support 220v. They’ll be able to charge at 3.3kw from nearly any wall outlet.
4. Most electricity is renewable because they have a lot of hydro. They do use a little NG, but they are phasing it out by expanding wind.
5. There are very few electric vehicles there. There is a lot of room to expand.

Basically, New Zealand is a prime market for the model 3. They just need to add supercharges to the islands.

All true. It’s a natural fit. Add in that New Zealanders are extremely environmentally conscientious.

Also as a fairly small country with limited roads, covering the place with superchargers would be fairly quick and simple.

But with a population of less than 4.5 millions, that is a market smaller than the city of Hong Kong…

NZ is a beautiful country with a friendly and environmentally conscious people. My wife and I toured both islands 4 years ago and have not seen a cleaner, more pristine country. Long range EVs like the M3 would be a no brainer, so I can definitely see the appeal for Kiwis.

My main issue with Tesla, is not opening another car manufacturing plant in Detroit & Europe. I don’t think they realize the demand for the model 3. Police and Taxi fleets around the world will highly demand them. I think Tesla needs to pump out 1-3 million per year as soon as possible. 500,000 just won’t cut it. The Detroit factory would also need to build the Model Y, Pickup, Buses and Semis. So they’re going to need a Detroit factory for those, and a European factory bigger than the Fremont factory to build all 7 kinds of cars.

You realize they’re already under a ton of debt and trying to produce more that 5x the cars they did this year.

Baby leaps.

Zerbert said:

“I think Tesla needs to pump out 1-3 million per year as soon as possible.

There are real-world constraints to how rapidly anything major can be accomplished, even if unlimited resources are available… which they never are.

As has been said: “Nine women cannot produce a baby in one month, no matter how hard they try.”