Cracking into the Japanese market is a rarity for American automakers. Buyers in Japan typically turn to home-grown efforts from the many great automakers hailing from the nation such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Subaru. It's even more unusual to see an electric vehicle (EV) break into to market, probably because very few exist. Anyways, Tesla is quick to point out that it will become the first American automaker to offer up an EV in Japan.
Starting this week, Tesla will begin shipments of its Roadster across the pond. Right now, word is that Tesla will ship about a dozen right-hand drive Signature Series Roadsters over. The company will hold a press conference on April 21st to offer up more details. Just a few short weeks ago, Tesla added both Ireland and Spain to its Roadster sales resume.
When the Roadster arrives, it will join the Subaru Stella EV and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV as the only major players in the battery-powered segment. This will change soon when the Nissan Leaf makes its Japanese debut later this year. We're certain that the Roadster won't become a major player in Japan but we congratulate Tesla for jumping at the chance for getting another unbreakable record into the books.