E-commerce Titan Alibaba Group to sell Tesla Model S on Singles’ Day in China

Will Tesla ever return to Singapore?


11 November marks the celebration of Singles’ Day which is also happens to be the biggest online shopping day in China. While buying cars online seems questionable for some, Tesla prepares for its big day on taobao.com, an online marketplace run by Alibaba Group. Buyers will be required to place a deposit of 50,000 yuan (~S$10,500) to place an order and will cost 830,600 yuan (~S$174,790) in total. Free installation of home chargers are included.

Tesla is also working with China Unicom to build 400 charging stations in 120 cities in China, in addition to 20 superchargers which is capable of charging half the car’s battery in just 20 minutes.

If you didn’t know, Tesla was briefly operating in Singapore a few years ago but packed up in 2011 after failing to secure tax breaks from the government here. With Tesla latest Model S and Model D making waves around the world and Singapore being one of the greenest city in the world, we wonder if Tesla would ever return.

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