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First NZ Model S

SteveWest

2012 Roadster 2.5, 2014 P85+, 2015 P85D
Jul 15, 2012
175
5
New Zealand
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ecarfan

Well-Known Member
Sep 21, 2013
19,283
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West Vancouver, British Columbia
I didn't realize any Teslas had been delivered to Oz but I assume you picked yours up on Sydney and are taking it back to NZ.

Congratulations and I am sure you will be a great sales ambassador for Tesla in your country!
 

Johnwill

Member
May 25, 2014
74
1
Auckland, New Zealand
I didn't realize any Teslas had been delivered to Oz but I assume you picked yours up on Sydney and are taking it back to NZ.

Congratulations and I am sure you will be a great sales ambassador for Tesla in your country!

Sadly we in NZ can't buy that way. Steve is in Europe. It would also be silly for NZ owners to buy a car that had already been cleared through customs into Australia. NZ has no car manufacturing to protect so there is no import duty on cars and certainly no Luxury Tax. Only GST is payable as a new vehicle crosses our border.
 

AudubonB

One can NOT induce accuracy with precision!
Mar 24, 2013
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A big congratulations from the top-rightmost part of the Big Pond for you. Let us know when you take a swing down to Dunedin so as to give my sis & bro-in-law there more impetus to getting their own.
 

SteveWest

2012 Roadster 2.5, 2014 P85+, 2015 P85D
Jul 15, 2012
175
5
New Zealand
Well I have an unusual perspective. People who have never driven an EV are wowed by that aspect of the Model S, but I've been driving them since 2008. I drive my roadster every day (that I'm in NZ) but the Model S is such a step up there's barely a comparison. It's almost as quick, but not nearly as nimble. But that's understandable considering the weight.

What the Model S does is meld an EV drivetrain with a nice interior (not Lexus nice, but in the ballpark). So driving an EV is suddenly less of the compromise that the Roadster is. The car is big, both long and wide. And that size is reflected in the interior, which feels cavernous. I felt guilty driving it through tiny London streets with only 1 passenger. Of course all that room is important when you're carrying six other people.

What I've been most impressed by is the cohesive user interface design, everything from the settings screens to the satnav. A lot of work has gone into aspects of the design that are unrelated to the nature of the drivetrain, and it just shows what happens when you throw smart Silicon Valley techs at traditional car problems.

Here's a very blurry shot of the dash screen, showing the level of integration. In this instance, the satnav:

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Gabz

Member
Jul 28, 2014
232
3
Newcastle NSW
where you able to get a CHAdeMO adapter for it so you can fast charge in NZ ? or are the adapters still only been released in Japan and beta tested in USA ?
 

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