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Saturday 10 December 2016

Tesla electric cars coming to Ireland....but you'll pay over €73k for one

Published 24/02/2016 | 12:48

Elon Musk with the Model X car at the Tesla headquarters in Fremont, California. (AP)
Elon Musk with the Model X car at the Tesla headquarters in Fremont, California. (AP)

Tesla looks set to start selling its electric cars in Ireland, according to founder Elon Musk. However, the vehicles, which are powered by electrical cables and can accelerate to 100 kilometres per hour in around four seconds, are likely to cost over €73,500 here.

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The company’s chief executive said that the car manufacturer would launch in Ireland “later this year”. He was responding to a question on Twitter.

A spokeswoman for the company was unavailable to add more details to Mr Musk’s statement.

In the US, the Tesla Model S vehicle sells for between €62,000 and €95,000. In Britain, where it has been on sale for some time, the Model S costs from €73,500.

It is likely that the same car will cost more than €73,500 when launched in Ireland.

Tesla electric cars typically have a range of 400 kilometres between charges, which is twice as high a range as existing electric cars in Ireland, including Nissan’s Leaf and Volkswagen’s eGolf.

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