Tesla Model S RHD 70D, 85D and P85D are entering production

JUL 10 2015 BY ALEXWAI 7

ModelS RHD Starts Production Email

Hong Kong Model S (D Model) Buyers Have Been Receiving Email Confirming Their Car Will Start Production

Tesla Model S RHD

Tesla Model S RHD

Some of the Hong Kong Tesla buyers were thrilled when they received the above email in the past week. The city will probably be one of the first few locations to receive the Right Hand Drive version of the Tesla D models.

Reading messages from Tesla Motor Club forum, some of these buyers waited since the announcement of the D models last September. A few enthusiasts I spoke with are planning to trade-in their one year old P85+ for the insane mode experience.

The earliest batch of deliveries are targeted for late August, as stated in individual buyer’s Tesla account, but some noticed that date was removed in recent weeks and replaced with the preferred month when the order was placed.

Let’s hope we can see some RHD D models on the roads next month.

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7 Comments on "Tesla Model S RHD 70D, 85D and P85D are entering production"

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jon
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jon

Why didn’t they launch at the same time,having that many configurations must be difficult and expensive

Brian_Henderson
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Like other auto manufactures, Tesla needs to meet the crash test and safety standards for each country they sell vehicles.

The D with its dual motor AWD (all wheel drive) is substantially different structure wise in front end, plus traction and handling differ … enough that engineering and certification needed to be redone.

Regarding many configurations … this is why Tesla dropped many options last October as when the 70 & D went into production. In future I’d expect delays between LHD and RHD going into production will be shorter as Tesla will have better understanding of certification requirement for each country. (ie: know what engineering and documentation is needed)

Lensman
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Lensman

Brian_Henderson said:

“In future I’d expect delays between LHD and RHD going into production will be shorter as Tesla will have better understanding of certification requirement for each country. (ie: know what engineering and documentation is needed)”

Hmmm… or maybe Tesla learned all this back in 2014, when they first started offering right-hand-drive Model S’s.

http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/08/tesla-model-s-uk-right-hand-drive/

Aaron
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Aaron

Many vehicles are designed with the ability to be made into LHD and RHD models, rather than attempting to retrofit a LHD/RHD to be the opposite. Almost all Japanese models are built with this in mind, for example.

Bonaire
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Bonaire

D models were announced Oct 10 2014

Dave
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Dave

They had a titanium-coloured RHD 70D at the Knutsford UK showroom in May. I sat in it.

Not sure what this business about “the first RHD dual-motor cars” means.

Brian S
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Brian S

Well it looks like this explains the mid July drought of scheduled US deliveries. It will be a few weeks of all RHD all the time to catch up on the backlog.