Tokyo welcomes Tesla to Asia
Elon Musk, Tesla's chief executive officer, told Investors he believes that, "the Japanese market is a fantastic market." Electric vehicles (EVs) in Japan are tax-free and eligible for government incentives that can reduce the hefty $152,250 starting price tag by a quarter. A major deterrent in purchasing EVs at the moment is the lack of charging infrastructure which greatly limits the range an EV owner can drive. Japan's first Tesla Roadster owner, entrepreneur Takao Ozawa, admits that as much as he enjoys the guilt-free driving of his Tesla, he only uses it for his work commute. On longer trips, he uses his regular gas vehicle.
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