cross posted at Tesla company web site.
I appeal to Tesla management to assist with pricing for Australia - at no cost to Tesla, and which will assist in selling cars here.
I have calculated that a moderately optioned S85 will cost 104000 Australian dollars (converted directly from the US pricing. After all Australias multi level taxes, some of which are taxes on taxes on taxes, the car will cost around 150000 Australian dollars!! Ridiculous. Since a good 16000 of that is so-called "luxury car tax", this can be eliminated completely, by one of two means. 1) sell the car here as a "slider" without battery and fit the battery, as a separate invoice item, in Australia.
2) Sell the car as is from the factory, BUT lease the battery, over a short term lease with a pay-out residual to purchase, which would have the same net effect of decreasing the price of the car for tax purposes but Tesla still makes its full margin.
This has to date proved to be an innovative company. PLEASE be innovative on pricing as well!
There is precedent The Renault Fluence EV was to be marketed in Australia in exactly this way.