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Relocating to UK - take Tesla with??


Jul 30, 2020
Hi there, I plan to relocate the car to uk as well. Would be Good to hear Some info from a HKer.
Is the SC still free in UK (or even other Europe countries ?)

if no update , cannot navigate from point to point ?
Thanks for helping.

I have just had the MCU replaced in the car and Tesla moved all the HK data across rather than update with UK. We have battled with them for 2 years to update to UK and you would think with a new MCU they would have just updated the region - 100% would not budge.
If anyone out there can help us update so we can use Maps I’d be grateful to know...

Lee Tsui

Oct 2, 2014
Hong Kong SAR China
Thanks for the info, I got my car imported to UK with HK setting.

Initially the car didn’t have any data connection due to the HK Tesla SIM don’t support roaming.
I then change the SIM to a local carrier O2 monthly plan, rebooted the MCU and I have data for Spotify streaming, MCU Google map and traffic info. I can access the car via the app.

I even got a software update a few days later after I connected the car to my home’s wifi.
This update still had the HK region restrictions, i.e. no web browser and calendar.

What I don’t have:
Turn by turn Nav, cause the car still have the HK Map data.
Auto pilot see the UK speed signs as KPH, even with the unit set to MPH, it will translate it from KPH, eg when it see a UK 50 sign, the Instrument Cluster will show 31 MPH.
This should affect the autopilot cursing function as the car will drive or cruse at the wrong speed.

Spotify still can play with the Tesla account but will play HK locale playlists.

With the help of the guys above we managed to update the region setting for the car and update the map data for UK. (6-7GB worth is map data alone!)
Now the speed data is read with a MPH base. This will enable correct autopilot function.
It also now have the turn by turn UK nav.
Also the car nor have the web browser and calendar app.

However the Spotify won’t work.
It keeps on loading and even say the Tesla account is invalid. I then tried with my own premium ac, which can be logged in, but I still can’t stream any songs.
All other data works, so it’s not the wifi is SIM card.
It’s either the app (region locked?) or connection with Spotify server, but it was streaming when it was in HK region setting.

I’m still working on that.
I update if we manage to fix this minor problem.

I have not tried SC, I expect it to work and will update when I have the chance to try.
TBH in UK the use of SC is less likely unless you live right next to one. Mostly you charge at home or local paid charging points.

Once again thanks TK, I would recommend anyone moving their car to another region to contact them for pointers!
I am really interested to know how you solved this! can you pm me or let us know here as I am also thinking to export my Model S to UK too! thanks!


New Member
Jan 18, 2021
Hello gents.
We have helped many car owners to relocate Tesla from Hong Kong to UK and Europe. Here is a few things.
1. Your SIm won't work, you will require to buy a local sim and swap it with the UK sim and update the APN. Sometimes it will work without updating.
2. Your Navigation will not work, you will need to either figure some ways to get Tesla to change the car into UK specs (But they won't do it at the moment)
3. SC and everything works just fine. Autopilot may works with internet access.
4. The charge port is exactly the same as HK and we have so far moved around 12 cars MS and MX and without any trouble.
If you have any more questions feel free to PM me. It is actually not so hard to import a Tesla to UK but you have to find someone who know what they are doing.
i have a hong kong market vehicle in the uk i want to change the map region and the map data to uk can you help


Apr 28, 2019
Hong Kong
At this right moment it is not about who we use, it is about getting the cheapest container and the one who is willing to ship. shipping industry ha gone but with their pricing lately

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