I have been wondering if there have been any sales in Mexico. Are there any future thoughts of opening an information / sales office?
Hi Christopher3. Here's the answer I gave to the same question asked about Puerto Rico:
If you go to the Tesla Bulletin Board and click on any of the topics (such as this one http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/can-new-high-power-wall-connecto...) you will see a place where you can ask questions directly to Tesla.
You might get an answer there; I doubt anyone on the general forum knows the answer to (the second part of) your question.
Thanks, I'll try that. I think it may be a can of worms that is better left unopened for now.
I think they would have to open a plant in mexico to avoid the 30% import duty. I used to take cars to Honduras and it was 100% import duty. Mexico's a huge market but maybe later.
I'm sure the car would be a hit with the corruptocrats and coke kingpins.
As a market, Mexico lacks the essential rule of law. (There are lots of laws, but they don't rule.) WAY more trouble than it's worth.
Personally I don't think Mexico is on the horizon because I was specifically told by my DS that taking the car to Mexico would void my warrenty. Something to do with their power grid not being stable enough. Hope that helps.
Use volkerize.com to find long previous discussion. Upshot was that a visit is not a problem, but using that to "sneak import" a Tesla into Mexico is not on.
@antoniod, respectfully, I'm flagging that as inappropriate.
Perhaps in a different venue.
I don't know about Mexico, but Puerto Rico should have a store.
It's an island measuring 96 x 35 miles, with mild weather. Perfect for Teslas, you can go anywhere and back on a charge.
It's the home of reggaeton music and many of its musicians. You don't need to like the music style (I don't), but it has a strong and very visible association with high-end luxury sports cars and specifically brands like Mercedes Benz and BMW.
And of course Puerto Rico is a part of the United States, so it is under US law and electrical standards while having no import duties.
I am not saying PR compares to Mexico, which is a large country. I am saying this is low hanging fruit. A small market, but Tesla is not even on the radar for this subculture. It's a green field opportunity and all it needs is a store. No customs, regulatory compliance, or different electrical system to deal with. Heck, it doesn't even require superchargers.
Someone from mexico here?
I think that if Tesla want to break paradigms about use of combustion cars, Tesla need to break paradigms about the markets, I really want that Tesla come to Mexico.
@antoniod I thought Brian H was from Canada, so don't lump us in with him! ;-) ;-)
That one burned.
Right now there are some Tesla cars in Mexico.
( the one in merida that explodes )
Also it is right to point about drug dealers and corrupt people because they can buy a Tesla car every day they want because they don't care paying too much for this car. The son of the director of Pemex has an Enzo Ferrari in Miami for example and his official salary is less than $7000 dollars per month.
Also in Mexico lives some of the richest people in the world, because of that it will also be a good market for this great cars.
Recently BMW presented the new i3 electric car that will be on sale in 2014 but it is too ugly.
Tesla está contratando a los primeros empleados en México para su nueva tienda así como preparando los primeros superchargers. También ha extendido el programa de referidos a México, quienes lo reserven con este código, de un servidor, antes del 31 de Octubre obtendrán $1,000 USD de descuento. http://ts.la/miguel5188
No sé cual será el precio final del Model S en México, pero seguro tendrá las ventajas del NAFTA para no pagar demasiados impuestos por la importación dado que es manufacturado aquí en Fremont, California.
Through October 31st, anyone that orders Model S with your link will receive $1,000 off their purchase price. You will also receive $1,000 that can be applied to a future car purchase, service charge or accessories. Learn more.http://ts.la/miguel5188
Hola Miguel, tendrás algún link o teléfono para contactar al personal en México? Quiero aplicar laboralmente, gracias.
Creo que vaya a haber un link a México (con una bandera mexicana) cuando comienzen los negocios mexicanos.
Elon anounces Tesla Motors opening up Mexico later in 2015!!!
TESLA Motors en MEXICO desde fines del 2015!!!!
I think too many people view Mexico from movies. Many American companies have factories there. The roads are better than many in the US. Transport between borders is large. The arrogant love to find someone to blame so they can avoid looking at themselves. Organic food is widespread in Mexico.
The fearful will always find something to fear. Politics of scapegoating is dangerous and makes for unnecessary stress.
Fishing and scuba along with great food and fun people are in Mexico along with a growing Tesla population.
I agree with Mike83. There are many misconceptions held by Americans who have never visited México. As a half-time resident and married to a Mexican citizen, I spend a lot of time there. For those who have not driven in the border areas in recent years, there are more Escalades going back and forth with Mexican than US plates. As the US middle class shrinks, it is growing by leaps and bounds in México. Zapopan used to be a sleepy town outside of Guadalajara. Today it has two Mercedes dealers. This change has taken place in the last 20 years. Moving into México is tricky as a Mexican citizen has to be "in charge" and legally responsible for all business affairs. Tesla went about this the smart way and is opening sales galleries now. I see México as a big Model S market and an absolutely huge Model 3 market as the government incentivizes clean air cars. I would not be surprised to see some sort of Tesla production there at some point.
Having lived in Mexico, I concur with both Mike83 and johncrab.
It will be a fine day, after the I-10 SC Wasteland between Tucson and San Antonio has finally been addressed one of these years, to plan SCs at every port of entry from San Ysidro to Brownsville. The hidden benefit there is that from San Ysidro, one can get to Ensenada. From Lukeville to Puerto Peñasco. From Nogales to whatever's south of Nogales on the way to Guaymas. Lots of tourism dollars to leverage there for destination HPWCs as well. Similarly northbound, San Ysidro to San Diego, Nogales to Tucson, and so it goes.
That said, there's a sticking point, a solution for which I've not yet made the time to fully research. Perhaps someone here already knows.
That sticking point is viable Mexican vehicle insurance - and by viable, I mean a policy that will cover not just "US shop labor rates", often represented as $50/hour, but specifically Tesla shop labor rates, which as we all know can approach $200/hour.
There are pay-by-the-trip, semi-annual, annual, basic, and premium Mexican vehicle insurance policies. None of which are intended to be confused with whatever coverage your own insurance company may make available to you. My current vehicle insurance company is Wawanesa, and while that makes Canadian travel easy (they're a Canadian company), they not surprisingly offer exactly nothing insofar as Mexican vehicle coverage.
I would encourage anyone considering cross-border travel to invest in a Sentri pass. Be aware that everyone in the car will need one in order to avoid logistical hassles. The San Ysidro crossing is the busiest land crossing in the world, and the Sentri lane (10 minutes) beats the bejesus out of waiting in the 32 other lanes up to 5 hours to cross otherwise. Sure there are passport card or similar lanes now - but you still have to *get* to them, whereas the Sentri lane is routed entirely differently.
So back to Mexican car insurance. If anyone has found *and tested* a viable cross-border solution that *will cover* Tesla shop rates, please do opine. While most of the time, damage will be confined to US body shop rates (ostensibly less than Tesla shop rates), I wouldn't want to bet the farm on that. Clearly, if one buys and drives a Tesla solely in country, say in Mexico City, then coverage is a different matter. This post, if it wasn't abundantly obvious, has to do with US citizens driving US-registered Teslae in Mexico.
@Tao do you think they would insure my staircar?
Do the Federales want larger mortidas from gringos driving Teslas?
Yes, never paid one to a federale, and quite right.