Higher prices in Europe result from inclusion of the region’s value-added tax, or VAT, shipping costs from Tesla’s Fremont, California plant and modifications to meet regional regulations.
European customers will have the opportunity to choose only the Tesla Model S with the 60 and 85 kWh battery packs; the 40kWh car is not a European option at this time.
The base price (before VAT and available incentives) for a 60-kWh pack Model S in Germany is €71,400 (about $94,500) while the 85-kWh version is priced at €81,750 (about $108,200).
In Belgium and the Netherlands, they start at €72,600 ($96,100) and €83,150 ($110,000), respectively. The 85-kWh Signature starts at €101, 400 (about $134,200) while a top-end Signature-Performance version from €110,950 (about $146,530).
For customers in the United Kingdom, production of right-hand drive Model S is planned to begin in late-2013. Final pricing will be announced approximately four to five months prior to the start of deliveries.
Anyone reserving a car before the end of December gets a €1700 discount on the final price.
The Netherlands will be the point of entry for vehicles entering Europe; Tesla’s European Distribution Center in Tilbrug will serve as Tesla’s European service and parts headquarters.