Tesla announces the start of Model S deliveries in Taiwan, as well as location for the nation’s Supercharger expansion plan
Last September, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) joined hands with the third-largest Taiwanese telecom operator, Taiwan Mobile, to offer wireless connectivity for its vehicles in Taiwan, after it opened its first retail location in the country. Today, a local publication reported that the company has started delivering the first batch of the Model S sedan to its customers.
According to Focus Taiwan News Channel, Tesla published a press release earlier today, saying that its all-electric premium sedan pricing starts at TWD 3.18 million ($101,250) in Taiwan, and it can travel 400 km (NEDC) and capable of accelerating 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds. The top-of-the-line P100D with price tag of TWD 6.92 can do the same in just 2.7 seconds and offer range of 613 km.
The vehicle comes with a guarantee for driver components and battery pack of eight years, as well as a four-year or 80,000 km guarantee for other vehicle parts. The company added that the vehicle’s “avant-garde design’ and use of fewer components and parts than gasoline-powered car enables drivers to save fuel and maintenance expenses. However, it is essential for a car owner to get their vehicle’s checked after every year or every 20,000 km.
Last year, the company opened its first Taiwanese store at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Lutheran Shop, The City of Xinyi District Song Shou Road in Taipei. Customers can get knowledge on the EV technology and Tesla products, as well as take test drives on Model S and Model X at the location, apart from placing orders.
With the start of the deliveries, customers might be worried because of no fast-DC charging stations within Taiwan. But, the company also announced that nation’s first Supercharger station will be located in Taipei Expo Park and it will charge half of a Tesla’s battery pack in 20 minutes.
Tesla plans to expand the Supercharger network from Taipei to Taichung, and gradually all the way south to Tainan and Kaohsiung to support the increasing charging needs for customers going on road trips. The automaker already has eight Destination Charging locations in the country.
Here’s the Supercharger Network Plan for 2017 that shows Taiwan will have five Superchargers by the end of this year: