Does Tesla plan to sell its cars in Japan? (and other parts of Asia)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

テスラモータース(Tesla Motors, Inc.)は、消費者向け高性能電池式電気自動車の生産に焦点を当てた、アメリカ合衆国カリフォルニア州シリコンバレーに本社を置く新興自動車会社である。テスラモータースは、Martin EberhardとMarc Tarpenningという二人の技術者によって、2003年7月に米国カリフォルニア州サンカルロス市で法人化された。

Yes, starting in 2012:

米電気自動車ベンチャーのテスラ・モーターズ(カリフォルニア州)は26日、日本市場に進出する考えを明らかにした。2人乗りの高級スポーツ車「テ スラ・ロードスター」の受注を今年後半に始め、来年の納車を目指す。同日発表した新型セダン「モデルS」も2012年後半に日本で販売する。
The American electric automobile venture company Tesla Motors (California) made its plans clear for entry into the Japanese market on the 26th. It will begin taking orders for its "Tesla Roadster" two-seater luxury sports car in the latter half of this year, delivering the cars next year. The "Model S" announced on the same day will begin sales in Japan in the latter half of 2012.

And some more info on the Roadster:


The Roadster is an electric car that runs on a lithium ion battery and a motor, and sells for about $100,000. It began sales in the US last year, and thus far over 250 have been sold.

As for the rest of Asia, I've seen articles in both English and Korean that say the new sedan will be sold in "Asia" starting 2012, but it doesn't specify which countries. I assume that includes Korea. For some reason Koreans seem to love big cars, so the sedan will probably be popular here.


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