Published on October 31st, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro5
First Tesla Model S In China Sells For Over $400,000
Tesla, (which currently goes by the Tuosule moniker) is currently fighting for ownership of its own name in China even as they company has begun taking reservations for the Model S in places like import-friendly Hong Kong. It has not, however, begun shipping and selling cars to China. For the wealthy and impatient, that leaves the only alternative as shipping in a Tesla via China’s thriving “gray market.
By greasing the right palms, wealthy Chinese car buyers import everything from Mustangs to Maseratis at prices that are often double or triple the original cost of the car. In the cast of the Tesla Model S (which will we assume is a fully-loaded, 85 kWh Performance model), the final price was almost quadruple what the same car would cost in America. It makes what Europe pays for the Tesla Model S look downright reasonable. I guess Tesla is right to look to China with optimism though.
But to be the first sometimes means laying out a little extra loot, and some people really can’t wait to drive the world’s best electric car.
Source: Autoblog Green