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Tesla Motors Launches in UK and Elon Musk Hints at Future Model Pricing

First Tesla Motors Store in UK, Elon Musk Speaks
First Tesla Motors Store in UK, Elon Musk Speaks

The first Tesla Store opened up in the UK this week, and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was there to talk to people about the future of Tesla Motors there.

The Tesla Model S is now available at the first Tesla Store in the Westfield Shopping Mall, in London. As if this wasn’t enough, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, was on hand to open the new store, but stuck around to answer questions from an eager crowd. I love it when Elon Musk speaks, and so does everyone else. He spoke on a number of topics, including giving a little information over the rollout of the Tesla Supercharger network in the UK [Tesla Motors is mapping optimal locations for Supercharger installations], that the Tesla Model S will not be outfitted with inductive charging [It would require a second onboard charging system], and that if the battery swap option proves to be popular in the US, it would also be released in the UK.

Tesla Motors expansion into the UK, of course, can only start with the Tesla Model S, which will sell for £55,000 [$89,000US] and that companies who buy them over the next three years for their employees will pay no tax. The Tesla Model X crossover will come ashore late 2015 or early 2016. The news I’ve been waiting for wasn’t exactly what I was hoping but it seems the mass-market Tesla, rumored to be called Tesla Model E, will come in “about three years at a price of £30,000 [$48,500US].”

Between the US and UK, placing the base Tesla Model S at $74,000 in the US and $89,000 in the UK, it’s about 16.9% more expensive to buy one in the UK. If the pricing follows the same pattern, then that would place the US-version Tesla Model E at around $40,300. Honestly, I was hoping for something in the range of $32,000 to $37,000, which would blow the Chevy Volt out of the water, but I guess Tesla Motors hasn’t gotten the price of the battery and surrounding technology down that far yet.

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