In Europe one cannot buy a Tesla Model S with a 40 kWh battery pack Would it be possible to buy one in US and take it to Europe?

In Europe one cannot buy a Tesla Model S with a 40 kWh battery pack Would it be possible to buy one in US and take it to Europe?

For somebody who does not really need an EV with a very long range, but still would like to have a (second hand) Tesla Model S. Has anybody from Europe thought of having a (second hand) Tesla Model S 40 kWh shipped from the US? I know there are many if's, but would it be possible to realise? And would it still be affordable as well?

LarsT | 6 februari 2013

I did - it is quite complicated: They don't sell for export, so you have to register the car in the US first. Also, TM told me that I lose the warranty on export. You also have different GSM Modules, different charging adapters and plugs and you need to make changes on the car (fog tail light, yellow blinkers etc.).

Get a 60kWh-Euro-Car - you will be happy!

Benz | 6 februari 2013

@ LarsT

OK, thanks for the information, good to know this.

So, now you own a Tesla Model S 40 with a 40 kWh battery pack.

Lars, would you please contact me on my email-adress:

There are a few things I would like to ask you about this operation. Thanks.

Carefree | 6 februari 2013


I think you misunderstood Lars. He does not have a 40kwh car - there is o such thing yet. Not a single 40kwh car has been built. He was trying to say that your idea does not make much sense and by the time you add all the other costs associated with bringing the 40kwh to Europe you might as well buy a brand new 60wkh European version of the car.

Benz | 6 februari 2013

Well, Lars started by saying: "I did", and later on he did not deny it, so therefore I have misunderstood him.

So, when will they manufacture the Tesla Model S with 40 kWh battery?

rlpm | 6 februari 2013

@Benz - 40kWh production is supposed to start in March:

cprenzl | 6 februari 2013


Brian H | 6 februari 2013

He did "thought of". He didn't do. Because there are none to do it with/to. Capisce?

420weblazeit | 13 september 2014

OK, you can easily import a US spec 40kWh Tesla to Europe. They were never made here, but you can register one and considering the only way of buying one now is used, you won't pay much on taxes and if you're in the Netherlands, there are no taxes on importing EVs anyways

You will need to borrow European headlights and taillights from a 2012 Model S European owner, or from the 2013/14 model as I think that's when the first European cars came here (lights are the same every year) to pass the initial homolgation, and then after 3 years after the manufacturing year (2012) which is in 2015, you'll need the lights every year for the annual inspection, you can drive around on American lights

Your only issue would be 3G. You can tether the car to WiFi but as a long term solution, there is a 3G SIM slot behind the 17" screen which requires a bit of tampering (unscrewing the panel) which doesn't void the warranty... because well, you've taken the car out of North America, voiding the warranty

But, don't be afriad. Some dealerships do bend the rues and service American cars

420weblazeit | 13 september 2014

*showrooms I meant, not dealerships*

Also, Superchargers WON'T work but as you'll come to find, there are many, many more - more powerful chargers to be found on Plug Share. You need a Type 2 to J1772 adapter, if you're interested in buying I can help get one of these