California-based electric automaker Tesla has officially announced it will begin to sell its Model S sedan in Australia. Sales of the all-electric four-door will begin in Sydney on December 9 with prices starting at $97,245 AUD ($81,729 USD), after which Tesla is expected to make an announcement in regards to the distribution of its products and the integration of its charging network.
Tesla is expected to install a Supercharger network in Australia which will in part be powered by solar energy, according to Autoblog Green, while the first Model S deliveries will go to solar-powered homes. If Tesla has success with its solar-powered strategy, it may open up new possibilities in Australia in regards to renewable energy and other resources.
While the Model S will start at a reasonable $97K in Australia, those customers located outside of the Australian Capital Territory could see their base prices start at over $103,000, affecting customers in Sydney, Melbourne and other major cites. Despite this, Tesla still believes its Model S will be competitive with other luxury offerings in the country, ABG says.