UK Government Considering Tesla Model S Purchases
July 21, 2014 10:12 AM
The UK government put together 5 million pounds ($8.6 million USD) for the program
According to a new report from
, the UK's Government Car Service is considering Tesla's Model S under a program to buy more than 150 low-emission vehicles. The cars would be provided to UK ministers for official business purposes across London.
The UK government, which put together 5 million pounds ($8.6 million USD) for the program, is looking to use EVs to address current issues like crowded streets and fees for gasoline vehicles.
Tesla's Model S reportedly has the longest range of any other EV considered for the program, with a 312-mile [European Cycle] electric range per charge.
Tesla started preparing for its UK entry last year by
opening new Model S dealer sites
in London and delivered the
delivered the first right-hand-drive Model S' in June
. The vehicle is priced at 50,280 pounds ($86,000 USD) in the UK.
Tesla's Model S
Selling Model S' to the UK government could be a great opportunity for Tesla as the automaker attempts to ramp up sales overseas. In addition, seeing government officials riding around in the all-electric Model S could prompt UK citizens to purchase the vehicle.
Tesla has seen a great year so far, with 6,457 Model S sedans sold in Q1 2014 alone. For all of 2014, Tesla is expecting global delivery of 35,000 vehicles.
The forecast for Q2 2014 calls for production of 8,500 to 9,000 cars, with deliveries at about 7,500.
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