Though it’s probably taken longer than they hoped, Tesla has finally delivered the first right-hand drive Model S electric sedans to customers in Hong Kong. It’s a big day for Elon Musk especially, who has said that China could become Tesla’s biggest and most important market.
Eight customers and hundreds of other buyers and fuas were on hand at the Kong Kong event, where Tesla’s VP of Worldwide Sales Jerome Guillain handed over the keys to the first eight Model S owners in Asia. He also introduced the first two Supercharger stations in Hong Kong, with plans to connect all of China with the fast-chargers. Though Tesla faces formidable obstacles when it comes to an all but non-existent charging network, even a 1,000 mile journey begins with the first step (to paraphrase an old Chinese proverb).
The Tesla blog post only named one of the first eight buyers, Dennis Lo, who also happens to own a Tesla Roadster. Lo is obviously a fan, unlike certain hammer-wielding, temper tantrum-having buyers who didn’t get their cars fast enough. The first deliveries of a Model S in China is an important milestone, though the Model X may end up being even more important to sales, as Chinese customers are notoriously practical when it comes to rear legroom.
Hopefully that stretched-wheelbase Model S is more than just an idea on the drawing board.