Last month, Tesla announced that it will expand in New Zealand by the end of the year. At the time, the automaker was scouting for a location for its first store and to hire some employees for test drive events.
Today, the company officially started taking orders for the Model S and X, and sent out a press release confirming their first store and service center in the country.
Unsurprisingly, the first store will be in Auckland, the largest and most populous urban area in the country with about 1.5 million people.
Tesla reiterated that it is entering the market after the “overwhelming response of Model 3 reservations in the country” and the fact that people were already importing its vehicles in New Zealand despite not having any service for them.
The company will also develop Supercharger routes in the country starting between Auckland and Wellington, which is set to open in 2017.
The first Model S and X deliveries are expected as early as Q2 2017, according to Tesla.
Here’s Tesla’s press release in full:
Tesla Launches In New Zealand
Starting today, Tesla will be accepting online orders for Model S and Model X vehicles.
Tesla continues to accelerate the world towards a sustainable energy future and is committed to opening new locations around the world to better serve our customer base.
New Zealand has been chosen as one of the latest expansion markets due to the overwhelming response of Model 3 reservations in the country. This, along with other interest from pioneering owners who have imported Model S vehicles into the market, has highlighted a strong demand for the brand. First orders of the Model S and Model X vehicles are expected to arrive as early as Q2 2017.
Tesla has confirmed Auckland as its first location for a Tesla Store and Service Center, along with a route for Superchargers from Auckland to Wellington, set to open in 2017. These developments will address the growing demand for Tesla vehicles across the New Zealand market.
By combining sustainable transportation and energy products, Tesla continues to accelerate the world towards a more sustainable future.