I currently live in the US. What if I buy a Tesla here and then transfer back home (Italy) and I want to ship it overseas to use it in my country. Can I do that? Do I have to pay any fees?
Your car will not be compatible:
No service at the service center
No 3G/LTE data connection
Nor a host of other benefits
I am taking delivery of one of the first European 3s in March to Switzerland. There is a supercharging network through much of Europe. For Italy check google on this, Likewise with service centres - Switzerland has a number. Internet conductivity should be fine - it is in Switzerland.
The only problem with a US spec 3 is the radio. Swiss Model 3s will have DAB+ not sure how this works in Italy.
Also how strict the Italian authorities are on imports - the Model 3 will be one of the first they have seen....
Italy has about 20 supercharger stations throughout, with a plan of doubling that within the next year according to their supercharger locations map.
@ODWms The US cars are not compatible with the European superchargers. Check out YYX's European trip for confirmation of the issues he had with a US Model 3 in Europe.
Ya, this is where an ICE has an advantage over an EV. A gas car form the U.S. can run on the gas in Europe or anywhere else with no modifications. Though in the big picture, this is a non issue because the number of people shipping cars from the U.S. to other countries is soooo miniscule.
Didn't a guy bring his US spec model 3 to europe, and run into a bunch of issues (maps, no service infrastructure.. etc)
I looked into this question when considering an overseas move. As others already pointed out you'll have major charging issues. You'll also have to change out some lights and other equipment to make the car compatible with European standards. All in all, you're probably better off selling your Tesla here and buying one there.
Tesla might be able to sell you a European version here in the U.S. and then you ship it as personal effects to Europe, this would allow you to circumvent VAT and Duties (personal effects are exempt), should save you $20 to 30k easy
HOWEVER you have to have owned the car at least for 1 year (check with a customs broker), not sure whether it had to be registered in the U.S., if so this might be an issue.
So, what would he drive in till he ends up back in Italy?
Yes European electricity is so different from the American version...
I doubt 50hz vs. 60hz would be a major issue. We already know Tesla's can take a wide voltage input range. Often power supplies like that are designed to do both 50hz and 60hz. That way you only have to design one supply.
It's the other factors, like supercharging, maps, and service that will be the bigger issue.
Yeah but in Europe, the connectors are much different. Try to use a CCM connector on a US Tesla.
CCS for DC fast charging is DC, 0 Hz...
That said, it gives us all hope that on this side of the pond that they will release a CCS adapter.