Since the Detroit Auto Show almost 12 months ago, Tesla began calling 2012 the Year of the Model S. Following the US launch earlier this year, the all-electric sedan is about to go on sale in Europe. Tesla's latest email newsletter reveals a bit about how the company is preparing audiences around the world – namely Canada and Hong Kong – for the Model S.

For Canada, the Model S needed "new labels, language modifications and a vehicle immobilizer" before Transport Canada would certify the car. Deliveries will be starting very soon. Tesla's first Canadian store is in Toronto. The immobilizer is a device that would be good to have in other regions, too, since it automatically prevents the car from starting if the keys are not present – an anti-theft device, in other words.

Meanwhile, over in Hong Kong, Tesla has already received around 300 reservations for the Model S (and Model X). Last week, at the official launch at the Cyberport Arcade, these reservation holders were able to meet each other and test drive the EV on the streets of Hong Kong.


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      fridintl
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am a proud owner of a model S which I've received about 5 weeks ago. I've already put about 1300 miles on it. At this point, every car that I see seems obsolete to me. Gas powdered cars, what a madness. With my solar panels, I am driving around vertually free. Yes, I am very fortunate to be able to buy one at this stage but soon, In a few years perhaps, I am confident everyone will also. Pete
        Nick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fridintl
        You're a very lucky man Pete. Enjoy it as much as possible and let others know how great the Teslas are.
      raktmn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good diversion tactic to throw them off your fake birth certificate that shows you are 21 instead of 18... *grin*
      Doug
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some Canadian delivery (pick-up actually) pics here: http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/showthread.php/12027-The-long-wait-is-finally-over!
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Try renewing your Driver's License, and then trying to explain you don't carry the legally required Auto Insurance because you *don't own a car*. I've had DMV clerks so confused, they actually asked me why I even needed a license. I told them it was to buy beer.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Grendal summed up bureaucracy pretty well, and it's everywhere. Tried opening a bank acct in HK the other day: "Do you have proof of a bank account in Europe?" "Yes, here is an original letter confirming that I have a bank account there" "Oh we need bank statement, this is not enough" "It's a recent letter certifying that I have an account there, with the original signature of the bank directors" "But we need to see your transactions" "My bank statements do no have my address printed on them" "Please bring a bank statement with your address on it" "Swiss banks don't print the address on statements" "Ok here is a form that shows what you need: a bank statement with address...."
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rotation. I was just being funny. I have no clue what Tesla did, or did not do, to be compliant with Canadian importation laws. I've dealt with bureaucrats and the made up conversation is very similar to conversations I've had with them. Your quote reminded me of that. From the movie "Brazil" "This is your receipt for your husband...and this is my receipt for your receipt."
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tesla is saying they had to add a device to their cars to sell them in Canada which cuts off the starter, ignition and fuel when the key isn't present? Well, given it doesn't have any of these 3 things to cut off, what sense does this make? Sounds more like an excuse for a press release than anything. An immobilizer is there to ensure it is harder to start and drive away a car than just finding three wires in the steering column and twisting them together. Instead of just turning on the ignition and cranking the car, the system has to interact with the key in a way that turns on the required systems so the car can start. Teslas already had this, as all of them have keyless ignition, it already knows the key is present before the car will start and move.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        "Well, given it doesn't have any of these 3 things to cut off, what sense does this make?" That's the problem. When you present a bureaucracy with something it isn't prepared for its usual response is to generate lots and lots of stupid paperwork. It's the bureaucracy's hope that you will go away so they don't have to do any work. "You say your car doesn't have a starter, fuel, or an ignition system?" "That is correct. It's an electric car. It uses batteries." "That's nice, but we need those three items I mentioned have a cut off in the event of an emergency" "But our car doesn't use them." "Then we have a problem. We'll need you to put those items into the car so then we can put the required cut off switch in place before we can let you bring your car into the country"
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Deliveries are not happening soon. Canadian deliveries happened yesterday and there are more planned for today and tomorrow.
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      @ LTW A license to buy beer ? That's a bloody outrage ! I still find it hard to believe that the US can refuse to sell Beer to citizens under 21, yet allow those same citizens to vote and engage in combat in the armed forces ! In fact it's possible to become a US officer in charge of the lives of enlisted men, yet not be allowed the responsibility of a beer ! Outrageous !
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tesla... on to 2013 Mitt? Mitt? a good start.
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      LTAW ROTFLMAO!
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      In my state we are required by law to carry auto liability insurance, but I have never had to prove it. They don't ask at the dmv. They don't ask when they pull you over for speeding. I bet 10-15% of drivers do not have insurance and that makes me pay extra for uninsured driver insurance(which is also required by law). :-/
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