AS MUCH AS I WOULD LIKE to commute to work in the sporty Tesla coupe, I cannot really afford dropping €100,000 into a car, even though it's a green car. So when Tesla announced the availability of an electric sedan, priced around the point of a BNW 5-series, I started looking closer at the car. The Tesla Model S, which could get 225 miles on a single charge, would and cost $60,000. In practical terms, when you consider shipping the car from California and paying at least 21% sales tax in Ireland, the Tesla S will cost at least €60,000 in Ireland.
The California tax incentives are helping Tesla push unit costs down. Better battery performance helps eke out the 225 mile range. That's a Dublin round trip for me, one that would leave me uncompensated for mileage, however.