When it comes to selling and delivering the California-made Tesla electric vehicles in China, we know there's a bit of a time difference. And that difference may be more a matter of months than hours as the California-based electric vehicle maker prepares to start sales in the world's most populous country, Forbes says. Not that it makes Tesla any less confident about its prospects there.

Tesla's first showroom in China opened in Beijing in early November and a service center popped up about 13 miles away from there. The company is asking for an upfront $2,400 deposit on its Model S sedans and another $19,500 deposit after customization is complete. Foggier, though is the estimated delivery time, which for vehicles ordered this month can range from July to October, depending on who's doing the estimating, according to Forbes. Tesla representatives didn't respond to our request for clarification but you can get more details in Forbes.

Still, Tesla executives have said they expect for China to account for about a third of global sales this year and as much as half in 2015, which could mean about 25,000 vehicles purchased in the country. All this despite the fact that Tesla, like other automakers, has upped the price of its cars for China compared to the levels in other countries. Tesla in January set a base price for the 85-kilowatt-hour Model S of more than $120,000 (depending on the exchange rate) in China. The company says that the price could have been higher, but it wanted to set a fair price.


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      • 1 Day Ago
      Jimmie, you still driving that Volt? Be happy, heard the KIA this 2015 has your name stamped all over it.
      Spec
      • 1 Day Ago
      I'm always amazed by the trade barriers that China puts up. Why do put up with that? They flood our market with cheap crap with almost no tariffs and they have to heavily tariff things like a few Tesla cars? Sheesh.
      Electron
      • 1 Day Ago
      "Tesla executives have said they expect for China to account for about a third of global sales this year and as much as half in 2015".... nope, the source article only says China is expected to contribute “30 to 35 percent” of Tesla’s overall global sales *growth* targeted for 2014 and that according to Elon Musk sales of Tesla electric vehicles in China would *equal those in the United States* as early as 2015. That's obviously not the same thing as Tesla gobbling up 50% of Tesla's total production in 2015.
      James
      • 1 Day Ago
      Site name should be changed to "tesla autoblog com"
        Electron
        • 1 Day Ago
        @James
        When it comes to new energy vehicles Tesla is by far the most promising development out there so all Tesla related news is interesting for the enthusiasts.
        Spec
        • 1 Day Ago
        @James
        Tesla is the only pure EV company out there and they make a lot of news so they get a lot of coverage. I suspect it is part of a clever marketing scheme for lots of free publicity. You gotta hand it to them . . . they are clever.
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Day Ago
        @James
        autoblog green has been around for a long time... but only recently have they had the opportunity to report on a car that makes so many headlines. There are only a handful of "green cars" on the road... and Tesla is by far, the most newsworthy among them right now.
        • 1 Day Ago
        @James
        Jealous? !