Tesla Officially Launches In New Zealand

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The Tesla Model S is now available in New Zealand, with the Model X to follow next month.

The Tesla Model S is now available in New Zealand, with the Model X to follow next month.

Just like Tesla's other markets, the Model 3 will be available in the country ... eventually

Just like in Tesla’s other markets, the Model 3 will be available in New Zealand … eventually.

It seems every few weeks or so, we hear that Tesla has launched in another location. Tesla has now officially entered New Zealand.

The company delivered the first eight Model S vehicles at a media event at the Ports of Auckland. Unfortunately, interested customers were only allowed to test drive the Model S on a closed track, for a short distance, with an engineer in the passenger seat. But, it’s better than not being able to see or purchase a Tesla in the first place.

The Model S 60 will start at $116,800 in NZ. If you want a P100D in the country, you are looking at $227,000. The New Zealand dollar is equal to about three-quarters of a U.S. dollar, so translated, the 60 goes for about $84,400 USD and the P100D equates to $164,000 USD.

The Model X will be released in NZ next month, and the Model 3 will become available at a later date. Tesla plans to open a store at 501 Karangahape Road in Auckland by the middle of 2017, and the country’s Supercharger network will break ground soon in Hamilton, with plans for stations in Turangi and Swanson before the close of the year.

Added to this, the electric automaker already has plans for about one hundred destination chargers throughout the country at various hotels, resorts, and shopping centers.

Source: Stuff

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14 responses to "Tesla Officially Launches In New Zealand"
  1. ffbj says:

    I think it’s interesting to note that this is unusual phenomena, countries lobbying a car company to sell it’s cars there.

    Spain, Portugal, and now New Zealand. Then also many wants a Tesla factory or presence in their country too.

  2. Get Real says:

    And, RE and EVs go together like peanut butter and jelly.

    For ANY country that imports all its fossil fuels this is such a no-brainer.

  3. Miggy says:

    The Hamilton Super Charger is now open.

    New Zealand now has about 70 Tesla’s on the road with 21 sold last month.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      Hey Miggy!

      Glad to see you finally got your wish, after all these years!

      –Pushmi-Pullyu (formerly “Lensman” on TheEEstory.com)

  4. Miggy says:

    Sorry incorrect link above, correct link here with photos:

    New Zealand has 50+ Fast chargers and is opening new ones every month.

    1. jdbob says:

      At least there’s a BurgerFuel nearby.

    2. Darryl says:

      There are enough fast chargers in New Zealand now to drive a Tesla Model S anywhere, with a CHAdeMO adapter for fast charges.

  5. Boris says:

    I’m guessing it’s time for Tesla to open up stores in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. They are installing superchargers in this region already. Slovakia has a 5K Euro incentive for EVs too, Czechs are preparing something similar as well…

    1. MaartenV-nl says:

      And Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey while not neglecting Italy south of the river Po.
      Cities like Lisboa, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Athena, Istanbul, Sofia, Bucharest, Budapest, Warschau and Praha should have a big Tesla store.

      1. vdiv says:

        Yes, at least a push for some destination charging that can be used by all EVs in Europe.

  6. vdiv says:

    My precious! 😉

    I’m surprised that South Africa has been neglected by Musk. At least symbolically it would matter.

    1. Daniel says:

      No surprise, it’s Africa. That entire continent is ignored by the rest of the civilized world except to harvest it for whatever resources are there.

      1. ijonjack says:

        If Africa Made Sense,Tesla would already be there.

        1. KUD says:

          I was in SA last September and saw leaves and I8’s. I guess even there EV’s are catching on slowely.