• Mar 3rd 2009 at 7:30PM
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Click above for more images of the Tesla Roadster testing in the snow

Canada has not always been the friendliest territory for electric cars, but that's changing. After the Tesla empire officially expanded to Chicago yesterday, the company has announced it will join the northern rush and is now ready to take orders in Canada. Canadian buyers will have to wait until the fourth quarter of 2009 to actually get their cars, but they should feel free to sign up for the $109,000 electric car whenever they feel like it. Oh, and that's the U.S. price; the cost for Canadians will be set later this year) The first deliveries will be made out of upcoming Tesla "regional centers" in Seattle and New York, but Canada-based stores are in the works.

In the announcement of the Canadian sales, Tesla highlights one big difference between American and Canadian Roadsters: the electricity used to power the vehicles is much more likely to be clean up north:

Canada and Norway are the only two countries worldwide where the majority of electricity comes from renewable resources, including run-of-river small hydro, wind, biomass, geothermal and solar energy. An EV recharged from the current Canadian grid, on average, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 85 percent compared to an equivalent gasoline-powered vehicle. In hydro-dominant British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba, the reduction would be an impressive 98 percent.

Click here for some fun video of the Tesla Roadster undergoing ice testing, and see more images of Roadsters in the snow here.

[Source: Tesla]


Tesla begins selling cars in Canada

Electric vehicle maker expects Canada to become unique showcase for Roadster

March 3, 2009

SAN CARLOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tesla Motors Inc. will start selling cars in Canada today, and the automaker will begin delivering cars to Canadian customers starting in the fourth quarter.

Tesla is the only production automaker selling highway-capable EVs in North America and Europe. The Tesla Roadster competes with any sports car in its class for acceleration yet is twice as energy efficient as a Toyota Prius.

Canada is uniquely positioned to become a premier showcase for Tesla, which has delivered more than 200 cars to U.S. customers. Canada and Norway are the only two countries worldwide where the majority of electricity comes from renewable resources, including run-of-river small hydro, wind, biomass, geothermal and solar energy.

An EV recharged from the current Canadian grid, on average, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 85 percent compared to an equivalent gasoline-powered vehicle. In hydro-dominant British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba, the reduction would be an impressive 98 percent.

"As they have already for Americans and Europeans, we're certain Roadsters will quickly become the automobile of choice for Canadians who refuse to compromise between performance and the environment," said Tesla CEO, Chairman and Product Architect Elon Musk. "We have heard from many enthusiastic Canadians over the years and are quite eager to sell there."

Initially, Tesla will deliver cars to Canadian customers through regional centers in Seattle and New York. These retail and service facilities will open in the first half of this year. Eventually, Tesla hopes to open facilities in Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.

Canadian Roadsters will comply with all national and provincial safety regulations for mass-produced, highway-capable vehicles. The base price for Roadsters in Canada will be set closer to the start of deliveries, and pricing will reflect exchange rates at that time. In the United States, the base price is $109,000.

About Tesla Motors

San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla Motors manufactures electric vehicles with exceptional design, performance and efficiency, while conforming to all North American and European safety, environmental and durability standards. The Roadster, which has a 0-to-60 mph acceleration of 3.9 seconds, is the only highway-capable production EV for sale in North America and Europe. Tesla will unveil its all-electric, zero-emission four-door sedan, the Model S, on March 26, and expects to begin selling them in late 2011.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      If you can afford to buy a Telsa, you can obviously afford to have a proper winter vehicle. If you can't, well then you have your priorities a little mixed up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Um, does it have a heater? And if so, how? And how-much does it reduce the distance you can get on a charge?
        • 6 Years Ago
        thats a damn good question.
        • 6 Years Ago
        On the other hand, they'll probably be able to recharge faster with all that juicy 600V power they have up in Canada.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm getting tired of hearing about something being done to fight "green house emissions". I agree with changing energy policy to be more diverse and less dependent on fossil fuels, but doing something in the name of "global warming"
      just strikes me as bogus. "Global Warming" is just code for anti-capitalists to punish businesses and the consumer, while strengthening the role of government in everyone's lives. Also how come when ever electric cars are mentioned, there is never any mention of possible drawbacks, like how making the batteries might not be very environmentally friendly or energy efficient. There is no silver bullet to our energy challenges, and certainly no option without its drawbacks, Its time we got the full picture on electric cars and not just the rosy guarantee that they will make us a better society.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One of my Da's favorite quotes is from novel by Ostap Bander called 12 Chairs. It goes like this:
      "Money in the morning, chair in the evening.
      Money in the evening, chair in the next morning."

      So Tesla wants money now, will deliver "chair" in 6-9 month. Good business model if it works :-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's probably what people who put down deposits 4 years ago thought, lol.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a shorter wait time than a Ferrari.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Wasn't the car unveiled mid 2006 and deposits taken late 2006? So it's more like 2-3 years for the initial customers and for the 2009 customers it'll be around 1 year, since at the current production rate (20/wk in delivery, gradually ramping to 30wk) they should get their cars at the end of the year or early 2010. They delivered at least 200 cars already and seem to have around 1000 to go, going by the amount of orders they gave recently.

        Yes, it's a lot more than just a couple of cars delivered. They are going full bore with the Roadster production.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear Autoblog,

      Wrong picture. Nothing against R8, a fan myself actually.



        • 6 Years Ago
        Oops, on careful inspection, the car in the distance seems to resemble Tesla. Hardly the spotlight though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $109? I thought it rose to more like $130K now? Wasn't there an article on this?
        • 6 Years Ago
        They won't charge when cold. But when plugged in, running heaters to heat the batteries to charging temperature isn't a huge problem. The bigger problem is they won't produce any usable power output below about -10C, and running heaters to get them up to that temperature off battery power alone could be a big drain. On the other hand, it probably takes a lot less power to run the cooling system at those temperatures!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry about that bad post. I think I messed up.

        After tankd0g's comments I looked, it turns out the vehicle was reconfigured in such a way as to raise the price $6700, to about $115,000. Although you can in theory still get one at the old price by just taking off a ton of options (including the fast charger cable, thus increasing the charge time to well over 20 hours).

        The $130K price I mentioned was incorrect, it is as tankd0g says, for the one with the other suspension and such. Although I would mention a friend of mine took delivery of his even before the whole options fiasco broke open and he said they wouldn't really let him drive off with it without buying enough options to make it almost $125K.

        Also, I've driven his and it still handles okay. Don't get me wrong, it's not going to handle like an Elise, but in day to day driving (even spirited) you should be pretty happy as long as you don't fixate on the price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        From listening to people who have drove it, it seems like it handles fine if you stay within limits. Push it and the weight starts to show, with body roll a lot more apparent, though it still doesn't handle too bad. Just by weight alone, it's not going to handle as well as an Elise, but it seems to be quite decent for a sports car.

        The lower temperature limit can be overcome with newer cells, but then you sacrifice energy density. Tesla designed it so that it pretty much stays within temperature limits in the USA, but Canada obviously is colder. It's definitely going to be a summer car in Canada, but with the AD07 summer tires that come with it, it'll be really crappy to drive in the winter anyways unless you get a decent set of winter or all season tires.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I understand that Tesla is re-badging the Canadian version of the car and calling it the "Ponzi". Negotiations to use the name "Madoff" have run into some unexpected complications
        • 6 Years Ago
        Is there a reason why you are putting this car down? Have you bothered to go see the car at it's showroom? Stop insinuating that Tesla is vaporware. This cars are REAL and there's about 200 on the road right now. How many electric cars do other automakers have on the road? None...yet Tesla gets ragged on.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I was in Edmonton a couple of weeks ago and remarked that with all of the outlets available already in so many parking lots for engine block heaters (including the spots at my hotel), that they're going to have a problem with people charging electric cars for free at some point.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The pictures were taken taken in Bergen, in Norway. What's so strange about that?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did anyone notice that's a British licence plate on the car, but the pictures weren't taken in Britain.
      • 6 Years Ago
      109k! give me a zr1!
        • 6 Years Ago
        dude i dont live in canada i was just saying for the money give me a zr1.
        • 6 Years Ago

        I misunderstood

        • 6 Years Ago
        The ZR1 is a great car, but it wouldn't be a very good car for those cold winter climates.

        RWD is Amazing.........on dry warm roads!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good thing this is a summer car, I dont think this would do great in -25 celcius mornings..for many reasons.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Isn't the Tesla the most extreme rear biased weight distribution car on the market 35/65?

        But what kind of tire can you find for the front axle? (rear is good)
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Tesla was tested extensively in extremely cold environments of Sweden and does just fine in -25C. You have to remember that the lithium ion batteries used in Tesla are not affected by the cold as strongly as the lead acid batteries in regular cars. In fact, LiFePo4 batteries don't care if it is -30C or + 30C- I can attest to that after riding an electric bike through the winter in Toronto.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, I live in Winnipeg where in January temps sometimes hit -40. Batteries definitely get a beating over here. Pick-ups and SUVs are a much more practical choice for us considering our snow laden streets, but then again the taxi's here are exclusively Prius' and they seem to manage fine.
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