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Tesla delivers first electric cars in Asia

During an event held at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Jerome Guillen, Tesla’s vice president of worldwide sales and service handed over the keys and officially opened the first two Supercharger charging sites in the country.

‘We could not be here without you,’ Guillen told the several hundred Tesla customers and enthusiasts who attended. ‘It is really meaningful and we appreciate your commitment to helping us with our goal, which is to accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation.’

The California-based manufacturer, which delivered the first right-hand drive versions of the Model S in London in June, is continuing to grow globally. Hong Kong is seen as an important region, as the car is exempt from the country's registration tax which can double the price of a luxury car.

It recently opened its second sales centre within the M25 in the UK, and co-founder and chief executive officer Elon Musk has revealed plans to open factories in China and Europe, and an R&D centre in the UK, to meet demand for the Model S, Model X SUV and forthcoming £25,000 Model III compact executive car.

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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