I have been following the Tesla Roadster for some time and being Australian and therefore a RHD drive country was excited to read when Tesla opened a dealership in London, UK.
To further my excitement was particularly interested to read that Tesla Motors was opening a dealership in Sydney, Australia.
However, I have been unable to find out anymore news or read anywhere else (including the official website) to confirm the story or any estimation of an opening date.
Does anyone have any more information on an opening date and the proposed location in Sydney?
The blog I follow and found the story is as follows:-
SATURDAY, MAY 29, 2010
Tesla Roadster heading for Australia
Australians have already begun placing orders for the first mass-produced electric car due to hit our shores, the Tesla Roadster.
It's due to arrive in August and the American company has revealed a number of locals have already placed orders for the Lotus Elise-based sports car.
Along with unique styling, the Roadster replaces the Lotus petrol engine with an electric motor and battery pack, enough to propel the car to more than 200km/h and travel in excess of 350 kilometres on a single charge.
Tesla has also confirmed it will set up its local base in Sydney later this year. A stand-alone store will be established, in keeping with the company's plans overseas.
Australian Rudi Tuisk will head up the local operation, having worked for the start-up car company in Europe.
"We're taking pre-orders for Australia," Tuisk said. "We're actually selling the vehicle — we're taking orders right now."
Tuisk won't reveal how many orders had been received but has confirmed extra cars will arrive with the first shipment to cater for further demand.
Tesla has confirmed that Australian certification of the Roadster is well advanced and should be signed off well ahead of launch. Right-hand drive versions of the revolutionary electric car are already on sale in Britain.
Tesla hasn't revealed any details on pricing for the Roadster in Australia. In the US, the Roadster sells for about $US100,000 ($120,350), roughly double the cost of a Lotus Elise.
In the US, the company has recently announced plans for a lease arrangement, but there has been no word from Tesla if such a system will be offered locally.