The Tesla Model S has finally arrived in South Korean soil and is now available for test drive. But, there’s a catch. You’ll have to wait several months if you were not one of the first few hundreds to sign up for the test-drive.
What I mean is that if you purchase a Tesla Model S online or at the showroom, there is a higher chance of you getting your vehicle way ahead of time, than you getting that 20- to 30-minute test drive. In fact, the wait list is so long that it would take six months for those who signed up last. And nope, that was not a typing error when I wrote six months.
The reason behind this is that Tesla only has two showrooms in South Korea, and both of them are fairly new. Each showroom can only accommodate around 10 test drives per day, giving each person the chance to take the car out for a drive for about 20-30 mins. So, ten times two, that’s just twenty people per day for the whole nation. Having said that, there’s probably around 3,600 people in line to test drive the Model S. And the only way to fix that problem is for Tesla to open more showrooms, or to accommodate more people per day.
It’s better if Tesla fans just decide to place their orders for the Model S, and cancel their schedules to test drive the car. It really is going to take less time, as they can approximately get their unit in three months if they order today. Plus, the car is theirs to keep, so no one will stop them if they reach the 30-minute time limit to drive the car around.
According to Forbes, the company had already been getting orders of the Model S since March 7. Though they did not reveal the number, that means some customers are willing to shell out 121 million won ($107,000) without even test driving the car’s silent but powerful engine that is able to speed up from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.4 seconds.
The Korean government is willing to offer about 14 million won ($12,400) for electric car customers, says Forbes, and some regions even make the deal better with extra subsidies. However, the Model S 90D does not quality for any of these.
Currently in South Korea, only the Model S 90D is available for purchase. But if the government gives the company permit to sell other Tesla models, then other versions of the S and also the X will become available in the country soon enough.