Shrouded in constant controversy whether direct sales should be allowed, Tesla Motors Inc. now makes a move East. The company just delivered eight Model S electric sedans to its first customers in China.
The plan is to quickly build a network of charging stations and service centers.
Considering that the average price for Tesla Model S in the U.S. is $81,000, when adding import taxes and shipping costs, the sticker price for the Chinese customers comes to $121,000.
China has long had an interest in manufacturing electric cars, and had previously announced plans to sell up to 500,000 electric cars by 2015. However, industry growth has not been brought up to such capacity.
Even though “no serious discussions” have begun, Tesla hopes to collaborate with state-owned Chinese monopolies State Grid and Southern Grid in operating the charging systems.
In reality, the Model S car can be charged from a wall socket, but the charging stations will make the process faster. For the convenience of long-distance travelers, the stations will be built within cities and between them.
Tesla hopes to be able to sell in China at least 5,000 cars this year, but for now, this is “just a guess.”
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