Port Hueneme, California – Tesla Motors has shipped a dozen Japan Signature Series Roadsters from California to Yokohama, where they will mark the automaker’s first entry into Asia. The right-hand-drive roadsters will arrive in early May for delivery to customers throughout Japan.

“With its combination of high-level car enthusiasts and interest and appreciation of cutting-edge technology, Japan is a natural market for the Roadster,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “The Tesla Roadster is a no-compromise vehicle that makes no sacrifices on performance, design or engineering.”

Japan’s national government hopes to reduce carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2020, and is currently pushing a full-scale electric vehicle roll-out, including working with regions around the country to install power outlets for recharging. Japan also offers tax credits and subsidies for energy-efficient vehicles.

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