Tesla Roadster Heads Down Under

Having sold more than 1,500 of its high-end electric Roadsters, Tesla Motors of Palo Alto, California, has announced that the iconic electric sports car will now be available in Australia for a mere $206,188 AUD, plus “on road costs.”

Lest you wind up stranded in the outback without a service station in sight, rest assured that the Tesla Rangers–the crack team of mechanics Tesla employs to keep its cars serviced–will be available to help. This “house call” approach to service has proven effective in driving sales worldwide–though if you happen to live in Sydney,  you’ll have access to a showroom/dealership as well.

Tesla Roadster

image via Tesla Motors

The version of the Roadster newly approved for roads “down under” is the 2.5, Tesla’s fourth iteration of the sports car within the past two years, based on feedback from both customers and engineers. According to the company, the 2.5 includes improvements to power control hardware that contributes to “spirited driving in hot climates,” as well as an optional 18-cm touch-screen display with navigation and back-up camera.

Tesla said its objective to make zero-emission vehicles widely available – despite the quite hefty price tag – “complements Australia’s long-term commitment to clean energy and transportation, exemplified by the government’s $1.3 billion Green Car Innovation Fund for electric vehicle technology.”

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.