Tesla Motors, makes of the luxury electric Roadster, recently said it had shipped to Japan a dozen Japan Signature Series Roadsters from Port Hueneme, California. These right handed drive Roadsters will arrive in that country via slow boat in early May and mark the company’s first Asian port of call.
Tesla is moving in to the Japanese market as the government there mobilizes the country for a full-scale electric vehicle roll-out that includes working with regions around the country to install power outlets for charging. Those who have been buying electric vehicles such as the Tesla are getting some help in the purchasing from the government, who is offering perks such as zero or lower taxes and green subsidies.
Tesla is informing Japanese drivers that its all-electric Roadster accelerates from 0-100 km in 3.7 seconds and can travel more than 380km per charge. The company believes it is part of a broader solution to help Japan meet a goal of reducing carbon emissions 25% by 2020.