The new second-generation electric-car maker Tesla, which has been investing heavily in its home country, will launch a new secondhand car in Australia, which will cost $300,000 and be powered by its new lithium-ion battery.
Tesla says the car will offer “the most affordable, best-performing, fastest-charging electric car on the road”, and will be the first of its kind in Australia.
“This is a bold step forward for the company, and we’re excited to introduce the next generation of the EV, which is also one of the best value for money,” Tesla chief executive Simon Hsieh said in a statement.
“Australia is the perfect place to develop a mass-market electric vehicle that offers a better range, a safer and more efficient driving experience and a safer environment for everyone, including children.”
Tesla is planning to launch its first EV at its Australian manufacturing facility, in Fremantle, in the second half of next year.
Teslas electric cars The electric-vehicle company is developing its first vehicle in Australia in 2021.
“The EV we are working on today is a fully-electric Tesla Model S, which we believe to be the safest, most capable and best-value EV on the market,” Teslas chief executive and co-founder Sebastian Thrun said in the statement.
Tesla has already sold its first-generation EV in India, the Tesla Model X SUV, for $32,000, and plans to sell its first electric vehicle in the US later this year for $40,000.
Teslanas new EV will cost a “more reasonable price” than a secondhand Tesla One One.
Tesla plans to introduce a second-gen Model X crossover in 2019, and the company is also developing a range of electric vehicles for the Chinese market.
A second-to-last car to be sold in Australia has been developed by Australian carmaker, Tesla’s sister company, Autonomy.
The new Model X sedan is based on the company’s latest SUV, and is due to hit the market in 2021, with a price tag of $37,500.
“We believe this will be a better value for the consumer than a car bought second-fiddle by the parent company, Tesla, which means it will also be a cheaper option for the Australian consumer,” Autonomy chief executive David Tulloch said.
Tesla will also begin manufacturing its next generation electric cars in Fremont, Australia’s second-largest city, in 2021 at the same time as it begins to roll out the Model X.