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Tesla Motors has announced Canadian pricing for its 2012 Model S sedan. It looks like Canucks will have to shell out C$65,500 (around $66,400 U.S. at today's rate) to get into the least expensive, 40-kWh battery version of the all-electric. The 60-kWh variant will be C$75,200 ($76,200) and the 85-kWh, C$85,900 ($87,000). Those interested in the Model S Performance are now looking at a bill for C$100,400 ($101,700).

Yes, that's a lot of loonies, but buyers can, at least, be assured that the automaker isn't overcharging just to pocket some extra cash. The price difference, as Tesla explains it, is mostly due to an import duty of 6.1 percent – the cost of the Japanese-sourced batteries places the Model S outside of the non-North American allowed content under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). An additional 1.5 to 2 percent is being charged to cover "incremental transportation costs and country specific business expenses."

In addition to those amounts, the increase also covers the cost of allowing all customers north of the 49th parallel to luxuriate in now-standard Nappa leather interiors with heated seats. While Canada doesn't have a federal electric vehicle tax rebate scheme, residents of Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia, can advantage of $8,500, $8,000 and $5,000, respectively, in provincial tax credits rebates. Not so bad then, eh?

You can check out all the pricing and options over at Canadian portion of Tesla's website. Scroll below for the official press release.
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Tesla Motors Announces Canadian Pricing for Model S

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/15/12 -- Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) today announced pricing for Model S in Canada. Canadian customers can choose from one of three battery pack sizes, with the base 40 kWh battery pack Model S starting at $64,500 Canadian dollars (CAD) before provincial tax rebates, as may be available. Model S with the 60 kWh battery pack and 85 kWh battery pack will start at $75,200 and $85,900 CAD respectively.

"Pricing in foreign markets can be very complex, so we have taken a very straightforward, transparent approach to pricing Model S," said George Blankenship, vice president worldwide sales and ownership experience. "Canadian base prices start with U.S. pricing, plus 6.1 percent for import duties and an additional 1.5 to 2 percent, depending upon the model, for incremental transportation costs and country specific business expenses. The total is then adjusted using the current mid-term currency exchange rate."

Option pricing has also been kept very straightforward. In Canada, all models will include heated seats and choice of décor as standard equipment. Model S in Canada will also include the game-changing 17" touchscreen, 19" wheels and a Mobile Connector with three adapters as standard equipment. Tesla's Canadian pricing configurator, showing all pricing and options, will be available on its website in the near future.

With the most energy-dense battery pack in the industry and best-in-class aerodynamics, Model S has the longest range of any production electric car in the world. Model S comes with three battery pack options to fit the unique needs of different drivers. The 85 kWh Model S has received a U.S. fuel economy rating of 89MPGe and a range of 265 miles from the U.S. EPA. Fuel economy ratings from Environment Canada are still pending.

Model S is the first premium sedan designed from the ground up to take full advantage of electric vehicle architecture. A revolutionary powertrain sits under the floorboard of Model S, creating an ultra-low center of gravity. Paired with an aluminum body engineered for superior handling, Tesla has created a vehicle that will raise the bar for vehicle handling and efficiency while meeting the highest standards for safety.

Without an internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel, the interior of Model S has more cargo space than any other sedan in its class and includes a second trunk under the hood. Model S seats five adults and two children in optional rear-facing child seats. The Performance Model S accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds. The interior features a 17" in-dash touchscreen with internet capabilities, allowing for streaming radio, web browsing and navigation.

More than 12,200 reservations have been made worldwide for Model S. Deliveries to Canadian customers will begin later this year. Meanwhile, Tesla will be opening its first new-design Canadian store in Toronto this November. Customers can reserve a Model S at one of Tesla's retail stores or online.

About Tesla
Tesla's goal is to accelerate the world's transition to electric mobility. Palo Alto, California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV power train components for partners such as Toyota and Daimler. Tesla has delivered more than 2,350 Roadsters to customers worldwide. Model S, the first premium sedan to be built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, began deliveries in June 2012.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the characteristics and performance of Model S, future store openings in Canada and information regarding Model S handling, efficiency and safety, are "forward-looking statements" that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations. Various important factors could cause actual results to differ materially, including the risks identified in our SEC filings. Tesla disclaims any obligation to update this information.


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      ElectricAvenue
      • 2 Years Ago
      The provincial governments you mention provide rebates, not tax credits. Here, I'll do the 30 seconds of web searches you SHOULD have done: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/vehicle/electric/electric-vehicles.shtml http://www.vehiculeselectriques.gouv.qc.ca/english/ http://www.livesmartbc.ca/incentives/transportation/index.html The BC rebate is at point of sale, i.e. it's taken right off the top, you never pay in the first place.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Would any one like to have the chance to get a telsa model S fully loaded for $10.00 http://10forchancetowin.mobapp.at
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      $65k eh?
      Anne
      • 2 Years Ago
      According to this window sticker, the US/Canadian part content is 55%: http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/9489-Model-S-Delivery-Update?p=167956&viewfull=1#post167956 What changed since July?
        Anne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Anne
        I fired off too soon. I somehow had a 50% NAFTA content in mind as the limit for the 6.1% import duty. But it is 62.5%: http://trade.gov/static/autos_report_tradebarriers2011.pdf
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the car! Please give me one and I will set up a free Tesla charge station in my front yard on a very busy urban thoroughfare off Canada's west coast national highway.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not so bad? We're paying $10000 more (rebate included) when the dollar is 1:1. I'll see if they'll let me import from the states...
        SealtestDark
        • 2 Years Ago
        Go to riv.ca. Last I checked Tesla was not on the list and had no intention of getting themselves on the list. In addition to this if the vehicle is subject to duty as part of import you will have to pay the duty at the time of import (thought the duty may be calculated on a lower value and you won't have to pay sales tax on the duty if the vehicle has been owned by you in the US for at least a year). Before people go nuts about paying sales tax on duty - it happens all the time in every country (I know of). Duty is hidden in the price before the retailer puts the product on the shelf I am living in the US on a visa and plan to return to Canada. I have spent a lot of time on working through this. Because the car is not on the RIV list I will have to buy it in Canada and hope CBP doesn't get upset when I bring it into the US. Hopefully this content rule does not make this any more complicated than it already was.
      Brinto
      • 2 Years Ago
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      • 2 Years Ago
      how does this vehicle handle in the snow, does anyone know?
      • 2 Years Ago
      We salute Tesla 2013 Model S! Give us a car and we will set up a free Tesla re-charge station on our front yard on a busy, urban thoroughfare off the Canadian west coast's national freeway. Cheers & cudos!
      oktrader
      • 2 Years Ago
      In defense of Tesla: the battery content (Panasonic of Japan) drives the car over the required content fraction. They are only passing on costs with really zero pricing opportunity taken, as far as I can see. The window sticker I saw for a Sig (posted on TMC forums) showed 55% for the 85kW-Hr version. I'm surprised that a 40kW-Hr model would not achieve the 62.5% target with significantly fewer Panasonic cells.
      Peter
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am looking forward to reports on how the trick pop out door handles handle ice!
        PeterScott
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peter
        I think Elon is a great CEO but his products don't seem to factor regions with real seasons very well. These gimmicky door handles and the gimmicky Falcon door on the Model X are good examples where a more traditional approach would have been simpler, cheaper and better in snowy, cold climates.
          oktrader
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          Peter, getting to a Cd of 0.24 is a pretty extraordinary target. Recessing the door handles into a very smooth contour was part of the strategy. It may seem nuts, but even the little finger groove makes a significant difference. It's a big car with a big cross section, so there aren't many options left that wouldn't greatly compromise styling. BTW, I, too have parked outside during an ice storm when traveling, and I have had my share of ingress/egress mechanism thaw experiences, so I don't discount your concern. But I think most customers will know what they're getting into. Now, don't get me started on the X, whose ~350 reservations/month should tell you something...
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          Here's a potential solution to the glove/touchscreen issue: http://www.agloves.com/ There are other brands out there as well, this just popped up quickly on Google.
          kidcharlemgne
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          Nice to see rational responses from others in a snow climate. When it snows 4 feet where I live, we brush the snow off the car first. That means windshield and roof. If you don't, it will either fall inside the car when you open the "conventional doors" or will slide off on someone behind you while driving, which is a safety hazard. Are you an aero engineer? If so please inform, so that I may match your technical commentary on drag coefficients to your credentials. Lastly, doesn't complaining about touch screens seem cantankerous at best in today's modern age? We ditched rotary phones and telegrams a several decades ago O.o
          kEiThZ
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          @Peter Scott Would you not be clearing your roof before you drive? Here in Ontario, it's illegal to drive with snow on your roof. Once you clear the roof, the doors will be operable.
          jkirkebo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          Why would anyone get into the car while the inside temperature is -30 degrees C ? The car has a remote activated heater with several timers. Even my Leaf has that, I always warm up the car before I drive away. If you don't, the front window fogs over real quick. I never wear gloves in the Leaf, and I live in Norway... The heater works on either battery power or mains power if plugged in.
          PeterScott
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          @oktrader You are right. That does seem nuts. Standard flush door handles are an order[s] of magnitude smaller than what Giant Side view mirrors in front of them do. And there are many options you could take before resorting to motorized pop out handle gimmickry. Toyota is also fairly fanatical about getting Prius CD down and they just used standard door handles on the Prius, obviously they could done much more before resorting to motorized pop out units to improve the aerodynamics of the door handles. But they didn't bother because this is almost certainly a third decimal place issue on overall drag for something as big as a car. IMO this pure nerd gimmickry winning out over simple functionality.
          PeterScott
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          Regardless of their ability to break through ice, they are still a pointless complexity. More Rube Goldberg than practical. The Model X, Falcon Doors are a terrible idea unless they are optional (especially in snowy climates). I live in the GWN and keeping snow out even with traditional side opening doors can be a challenge, a door that opens part of your roof is just a complete and total failure of foresight for a vehicle that will be driven in the winter. Add in that giant touch screen and I see propensity toward gimmickry that really worries me. I wonder how that Giant LCD will handle -30 degree temps, or setting controls in the morning with you winter gloves on? I love the drivetrain and chassis, and Elon seems like one of the best CEO out there, but this one trend really shows a streak of less than practical thinking.
          kidcharlemgne
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          Handles are designed to propel through several millimeters of ice. Any more than that and you'd be doing the same thing that any other car with that much ice accumulated would require... Thawing it. Anne, I must say I've come to really appreciate your informed, thoughtful and insightful commentary here. You've joined the ranks of 2WM and a few others who make meaningful and intelligent contributions to the forums here :)
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