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Less than four months ago, Tesla Motors entered the Japanese market by shipping a dozen or so right-hand drive Signature Series Roadsters across the pond. The base Roadster, which starts at a rather shocking price of 12.8 million yen ($151,500 U.S. at the current exchange rate) has now been approved for the Japanese government's Clean Energy Cash Rebate program and is available at a deeply discounted price.

Qualifying for the cash rebate program means that the Roadster's price will be slashed by an astounding 3.24 million yen ($38,000 U.S.), which certainly makes Tesla's high-performance sports car more appealing. But, with an after-rebate price that remains at $113,500, the Roadster is still a far cry from what we would consider affordable. But hey, it's that way here in the States, too. The Tesla Roadster joins the plug-in Prius hybrid as the only two standard-sized vehicles to qualify for Japan's rebate program. Follow the jump for more on Tesla's raging deal on its Roadster in Japan.



[Source: Tesla Motors]

PRESS RELEASE

Tesla Roadster Approved for Clean Cash Rebate Program in Japan


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tokyo, Japan -- Tesla Motors (TSLA), manufacturer of the only highway-capable electric performance vehicle, the Tesla Roadster, announced today that the Roadster has been approved for the Japanese government's Clean Energy Cash Rebate Program.

The Clean Energy Cash Rebate Program is aimed at promoting the accelerated adoption of electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids. The Tesla Roadster is only the second standard-sized car, following the plug-in Prius by Toyota, to qualify. It is also the only qualified import vehicle. Each Tesla Roadster buyer is eligible to receive a cash rebate of up to 3.24 million yen, approximately $38,000 US at current exchange rates.

The handmade, carbon fiber Roadster is the only car that delivers supercar performance with zero tailpipe emissions. It accelerates from 0-100km in less than four seconds – faster than most sports cars – yet consumes no petroleum. The Roadster plugs into any conventional socket and can travel over 394 kilometers on a single charge. It is the only sports car in the world that can be charged with solar, hydro or wind energy.

Palo Alto, CA-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components. It has delivered more than 1200 Roadsters to customers in North America, Europe and Asia. Tesla's goal is to produce increasingly affordable electric cars for mainstream buyers – relentlessly driving down the cost of EVs. It is currently the only automaker in the U.S. that builds and sells highway-capable EVs in serial production.

Tesla entered Japan in May of this year, and has begun deliveries of its Signature Series Roadsters to pioneer customers. The base Roadster, which starts at 12.8 million yen, including tax but before the Cash Rebate, is available for custom orders immediately. Interested customers should go to www.teslamotors.com/japan.

About Tesla

Tesla's goal is to produce increasingly affordable electric cars to mainstream buyers – relentlessly driving down the cost of EVs. Palo Alto, CA-based Tesla has delivered more than 1200 Roadsters to customers in North America, Europe and Asia. Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components. It is currently the only automaker in the U.S. that builds and sells highway-capable EVs in serial production. The Tesla Roadster accelerates faster than most sports cars yet produces no emissions. Tesla Service Rangers make house calls to service Roadster.


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