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Moving to Europe

Discussion in 'Model S' started by saladman, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. saladman

    saladman Member

    Feb 11, 2015
    Seattle, WA
    Greetings Everyone,

    I've searched the forum and wasn't sure where to post, and couldn't find any threads dedicated to the topic.

    It looks like I may have a chance to move to Europe next year, either Denmark or GB. Since I have no desire to buy a gas car over there, and have already paid a significant portion of the car, I wanted to find out what it would take to convert a US Model S to European standards.

    i know we have to change tail lights, but is the wiring already there?

    How ow do I tell the firmware it's new location?

    Charging port changes? Or just new adapters?
  2. LuckyLuke

    LuckyLuke Model S P90DL

    Dec 14, 2011
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    I would really reconsider selling in USA and re-purchasing (new or used) in EU.
    You will get all sorts of "challenges" when you import a USA car here:
    1) charge port is different (means only USA UMC will work)
    2) internal chargers are single phase (EU chargers can also do 3-phase)
    3) no supercharging possible anymore
    4) connectivity (SIM is difficult to replace)
    5) your warranty (if any left) will be void
    6) Tesla might not even offer paid repairs on imported car
  3. Johan

    Johan Funds for M3 secured. Contingent on wife aproval.

    Feb 9, 2012
    Drammen, Norway
    This has been discussed several times before. The conclusion has always been you're better off selling your US car and buying a new or used one in the EU.
  4. rogbmw

    rogbmw Member

    Feb 10, 2012
    Central Florida
    Are you moving on a temporary basis (example - military, etc). If so, you may be able to take advantages of some of the status of forces agreements, which makes taking a vehicle over on a temporary basis fairly straight forward. But, charging is another matter altogether.
  5. All Your Bases

    Oct 1, 2014
    Denmark here. Home charging with 3-phase is a must. EV's are currently free from registration tax, for normal gas car's it is VERY high. For the price of a Tesla Model S, you will only get a basic gas Mercedes C-class.

    The wait for a Model S is long, but if you are in a hurry, there is a good market for used non-D cars.

    Same advise, sell US car and buy European.

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