Tesla Motors gets ready to cross the pond

Tesla Motors is ready to begin delivering the Model S sedan to Europe, where high gas prices are the norm. The Netherlands will be the point of entry for vehicles entering Europe; Tesla’s European Distribution Center in Tilbrug will serve as Tesla’s European service and parts headquarters.

Tesla will only import the Model S with the 60 and 85 kWh battery packs; the 40kWh car is not a European option at this time.

The base price for a 60-kWh pack Model S in Germany would be 71,400 euros, or $94,370. The same model in the United States is $67,400.

In a blog post, Tesla’s George Blankenship said the higher costs of the Model S in Europe is due to additional transportation costs, import duties and additional business expenses.


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