San Carlos, California – Electric sports car company Tesla Motors has begun sales in Canada, and will deliver vehicles to Canadian customers starting in the fourth quarter of 2009.
Prices have not been announced, but the company said that it will reflect exchange rates at the time. In the U.S., the base price is US$109,000.
The all-electric roadsters will comply with all Canadian national and provincial safety regulations for mass-produced, highway-capable vehicles. Tesla said that Canada is uniquely positioned to become a premier showcase as Canada and Norway are the only two countries worldwide where the majority of electricity comes from renewable resources, including hydroelectricity, wind, biomass, geothermal and solar energy. An electric vehicle recharged from the current Canadian grid, on average, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 85 per cent compared to an equivalent gasoline-powered vehicle, and by 98 per cent in hydro-dominated British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba.
Tesla has already delivered more than 200 cars to U.S. customers. Initially, the company will deliver Canadian cars through regional centres in Seattle and New York, which will open in the first half of this year. Eventually, Tesla hopes to open facilities in Ontario, B.C. and Quebec.