Tesla Model S Officially On Sale In Australia, Here's The Price

It has happened. The Model S, Tesla Motors' four-door luxury electric sedan, is finally on sale in Australia. It's been a long time coming -- the Model S was released in the US in June 2012, and has made its way to other countries in the two years since. The redesigned right-hand drive car already has plenty of Aussie buyers lining up, but if you were holding off your order waiting for a price to be confirmed, here it is.

A few weeks after being tested for ADR compliance and rubber-stamped by Australia's motoring safety body, Tesla has confirmed a base price and delivery start date for the Model S sedan: the cheapest Model S will cost you $97,245 in the Australian Capital Territory, and deliveries to pre-ordered customers and new purchases will begin from September.

Here's The Difference Between Tesla Model S Variants

Tesla Model S: Australian Pricing

Model S 60kWh ACT: $97,245 NSW: $101,408 NT: $99,637 QLD: $98,771 SA: $100,656 TAS: $101,100 VIC: $101,806 WA: $103,133

Model S 85kWh ACT: $112,845 NSW: $117,788 NT: $115,705 QLD: $114,683 SA: $116,880 TAS: $117,324 VIC: $118,186 WA: $119,747

Model S 85kWh Performance ACT: $134,295 NSW: $140,310 NT: $137,798 QLD: $136,536 SA: $139,188 TAS: $139,632 VIC: $140,708 WA: $142,591

Prices vary from state to state -- the base car that costs $101,408 in New South Wales is slightly more expensive at $103,133 in Western Australia. Buying a high-end Model S and adding optional features, like the P85 Performance Plus model, can almost double the vehicle's price, with a top-spec Model S P85+ nudging $200,602 in Western Australia. The prices are in line with what we reported late last week, and existing pre-order customers are already placing orders this morning.

Australian electric infrastructure for the new cars -- a Supercharger network of dedicated high-speed charging stations -- is still yet to be constructed, although a large network is almost inevitable if Tesla wants the cars to reach mainstream popularity. An Australian network of Supercharger stations has been confirmed by Tesla CTO JB Straubel, so it's only a matter of time.

Across the east and west coasts of the US, as well a east-to-west corridor across the country's north, 85 dedicated multi-charger points are now operational, and at least double that number are planned. A few Supercharger installations are dotted across Norway and western Europe, too. A Supercharger is able to restore half a Model S's rated 500km range in just half an hour of charging, making it possible to travel long distances in the car where the necessary infrastructure is installed.

Tesla Will Build A Supercharger Network In Australia

Tesla's projected future supercharger map of the United States.

The Tesla Motors Australian design studio website is now live; it takes over from the placeholder Australian section of the US website, which has been taking $6,000 pre-orders from customers for both the Model S and upcoming Model X. There's no hiding from the fact that both cars are expensive, though -- the Model S will be competing locally with the BMW 5 and 7 Series, Mercedes S and E Class, and Audi's A6 and A8. The Model X squares off against the Mercedes M and GL Class, BMW X5 and X6, and the hulking Porsche Cayenne and Audi and VW's Q7/Touareg twins.

For the rest of us, there's still hope -- Tesla's significantly cheaper, smaller city car, code-named 'BlueStar' and called the Model E by fans, is apparently only a year away before its planned debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show. That car should be around 40 per cent cheaper than the cheapest Model S, which means that we might see it hit Australian shores for under $60,000, and possibly (we're using the power of positive thinking here) under $50,000. [Tesla Motors Australia]



    Well there you go. The difference between models is only about $15k.
    Makes the 85kw model quite well priced compared to the 60kw.
    Performance model is still a huge waste though.

    I haven't looked at all the options yet but damn they must be expensive if they can get a $140k performance model to $200k...

    Also their website doesn't seem to work properly. I don't see the drop down with the pricing on any browser.

    EDIT: Seems to be working now

    Last edited 29/05/14 10:30 am

    Now to search the house for a spare $100,000 lying around.

    Just read the site. It appears you can't use a supercharger station with the base 60kw model without paying for a $3,300 option to enable it. That brings the total cost for a base model in QLD to $102,071 for the car to actually be useful as a petrol replacement.

    And for that money, they expect you to pay $600 extra for parking sensors??? Your average sub 20k cars these days are coming with them stock standard.

    Oh and I'm really glad the parcel shelf has been advertised as standard across the range... hate to see how much they want for that...

    Last edited 29/05/14 10:59 am

      HEW wages ain't gonna cut it for that. That said the first home computer was outrageously expensive and now we all have one. Electric cars will go the same way.

      I'm pretty sure the base model (without the optional supercharger adapter) will still charge in a standard wall socket; the extra adapter just allows you to use the supercharger station to give it a 20-minute (ish) charge to get 50% (ish) of your battery power back. A user who is primarily driving in and around a city & suburbs is going to be able to get by just fine without the extra adapter, as long as they remember to charge it when they get home. Even if you forget, you've still only got to remember once every few hundred kilometers (and I believe the Knight-Rider-like mobile app will even remind you...), and the supercharger stations will be used mainly by people driving longer distances which is why they've placed them at halfway points between many US cities.

    Meh... if I had that kind of cash to throw around, I'd buy an investment property instead...

      An investment property for under 250k?

      Agree with Timmahh on that one.

      Though if I had that kind of money to spend on a car I'd opt for a mid 2000 merc :)

        A 2000 Merc will go well with your collection of beige sweaters and other sad, boring things.

          I already own a Mercedes and I find myself to be a young fun go getter :P.

          If Australian Police weren't so defect happy I'd probably opt for something with a 2jz, rb26dett etc...

          Last edited 29/05/14 2:25 pm

      If your in the market for a 100K car you probably already have investments.

    I watched an interview with Elon Musk not to long ago, and whilst I would love to get my hands on one of these beasts of the future it is out of my price range. What is really exciting tho is that this is just phase 2 as Musk put it in the interview now is the time for those with the money to show support for Tesla, and by doing so fund the development of cheaper models. So in a few years we should see the next Tesla hitting our shores at a lower price point and so on and so forth until we have it all from the compact city use Tesla right up to the Luxury Tesla. That is what I am really looking forward too and it is good to see Tesla expanding and moving in the right direction can't wait to own my own.

    Why does it cost more in different states. That's just BS. I thought Australia was one country and not a bunch of little countries. The federal gov tax would be the same on all the cars.

      Rego, CTP and Stamp Duty are all state based charges.

        Well it seems they vary wildly. That sucks.

    I wonder why they don't invoice/sell the battery and car as seperate items to avoid luxury car tax...?

      Same reason luxury car makers dont invoice/sell the engine, paint, glass, stereo, wheels and the rest of the car separately.


    Don't know why I put that link in.

    I can't see me owning one but I'm looking forward to Hertz, Avis, etc having these in their fleet so I can borrow one for a couple of days of play.

    Can you imagine the queues at service stations if normal cars took half an hour to fill half way? They might be alright to drive to work and back but $100,000 pays for a lot of petrol...

    Hmmm if you want to be a true greenie, you should stick to hybrid since in australia most electricty comes from COAL fired power stations since this country doesn't have nuclear power as they do in the states plus if you want to have an electric car in the desert part of oz you better hope there is going to be a solar power plant in planning in that of the country soon if you like this type of car, otherwise your best bet is a hybrid, just some practical thoughts

      Do you think hybrid cars generate clean free energy? They run on petrol/diesel. I don't buy into the green religion, but if it were important, it would be easier and cheaper to clean emissions centrally than in each combustion engine, and once on the grid there are opportunities to source energy from renewable sources.

      My garden loves CO2 and I love warm weather.

        Agreed. Nor is "dirty" and "clean" energy a scientific concept. Energy is energy, it has to come from somewhere and it always costs money.

    So is 85kw power fast in these things? My old 1998 mitsubishi lancer GLXi was 85kw power and that was, well... pretty slow.

      85kw refers to size of the battery.

      The 85Kw battery version produces 310kw of power at the wheels. And electric motors give you max torque across the whole RPM range. No losses in gearboxes etc.

      Can your 1998 lancer do 0-60 MPH in 4.2 seconds? (Hint: that's faster than a 2012 BWM M3 Coupe. Which also coincidentally costs $150k for a smaller car)

        yes...maybe.....if it were being towed by a coupla Teslas.

      85kwh. kwh = kilowatt-hours in reference to electric battery capacity not kw of power at the crank or wheels.

    Really screwing WA over aren't they...?

    It'd be cheaper almost to buy and rego' it in another State and then just ship it over... Here in WA out of state plates are every second car lately it seems due to FIFO immigrants

    What's to stop me from buying the car in Canberra? Or is that not allowed? For saving of 4k I'd gladly buy the car from Canberra and take a pleasant drive back to Sydney.

    if I could get one that is

    Why is the TESLA Model S 60kw cost USD $63K in the USA ; while the exact same car costs AUD $101K in NSW? USD $63K = AUD $72K in today's exchange rate ... what is the additional $29K !! I know there is a $7K tax credit which is offered to buyers in the USA, and we have a $9K tax overhead in NSW (e.g. luxury car tax, stamp duty, etc.). Does it cost AUD $13K to import the car into Australia?

      @Raul: does it cost $13K to import the car into Australia? No, of course not, bulk shipping from California to Oz (plus any other tangible costs I haven't thought of) would be significantly less than that per head of stock.

      However, (A) it's funding Tesla setting themselves up in Oz; (B) cost of living / cost of merchandise in general is higher in Oz than in the States; and (C) (the only point that really matters) Aussie early adopters are willing and able to pay that much!! Like any other company, Tesla charges as much as it can get away with charging in a given market.

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