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Tesla in South Africa?

Discussion in 'Tesla Motors' started by igotzzoom, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. igotzzoom

    igotzzoom Member

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    I know in the greater scheme of things, it's a small market, but I think it would be significant symbolically when the first Tesla store is opened in South Africa, considering it's Elon Musk's birthplace. Are there any owners there already?
     
  2. meloccom

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    South Africa seems to have a new vehicle market if about 52-54 thousand new cars a month, source, which is about 650 thousand a year from a population of 51 million.
    In comparison, new car sales in Australia are running close to 1 million a year on a population of 22 million.
    However given the popularity of the Mercedes C Class (fourth) and BMW 3 Series ( seventh) there may be a case for what we used to call the Model E.
     
  3. Sunlight

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    As an itching EV owner in South Africa, I would buy/import a Gen 3 (which would be ideal for us) even if Tesla were not in SA IF...

    1) the motor/drive train issues have been put to bed as that would be an insurmountable problem otherwise.

    2) generally any other 'issues' could be addressed by other experts - software; electronic; auto; basic spares

    3) upgrades via the internet were applicable here too

    Answers on a postcard please....!
     
  4. igotzzoom

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    Good points. I think Tesla's entry into SA might dovetail with the introduction of the Gen-III.
     

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