A few years ago, Tesla asked the Registrar of Imported Vehicles of Canada to remove Model S from its list of admissible vehicles for import from the United States. This is a rather unusual move -- all of my previous vehicles have been easily importable into Canada with essentially no modification. Seeing how software-focused Model S is, there stands little reason why it wouldn't be able to meet Canadian requirements for DLR/connectivity/etc. -- but there are probably economic reasons why Tesla has done this.
Being a Canadian who is currently living and working in the U.S. and driving a U.S. spec Model S, this creates some worries as I am planning on returning in about 3-4 years time and would prefer having an option to bring my Tesla home with me. There is also another layer of red tape caused by the Model S' inadmissibility -- I cannot legally drive my Model S back into my own country in any circumstance (even holidays/visiting family), as they would have no way to ensure that I don't funnel it into the black market or otherwise keep it in the country indefinitely. It's mildly frustrating that there is simply no way for a person who spends much time in both countries to return home with my Model S.
Do any of you know more in detail why Tesla has such a policy of stopping the U.S. Model S from being exported to Canada by a private party? Does anyone think that Tesla will reverse this policy in the next few years?
Cheers and thanks everyone!
P.S. for those of you wondering why I didn't simply drive a Canadian Model S down here -- insurance would be ridiculously expensive if the vast majority of my use was stateside. In my home province, we have a monopolized universal public auto insurance system that basically results in us getting gouged. Also, I believe most states' DMVs do not allow you to maintain your Canadian plates and registration unless you're here for educational purposes.