I've thought of a brilliant idea of how we could get a bigger demographic for the Tesla Model S. As most of you are aware, the first 9 Model Ss were just delivered to Japan. The charge ports on the Japanese Tesla cars are the same as the ports found in the US
The US government and Russian government want to build either an underground tunnel or bridge connecting Russia to North America.
Vladivostok and Sakhalin have become a left hand traffic city officially, and 97% of the cars in the regions are from Japan. Basically, it's a small region on the east coast, everything there comes from Japan. Sooner or later, so will the Tesla electric automobiles.
The island of Sakhalin is a 5 hour ferry from Japan, and then there is a smaller ferry between Sakhlain and mainland Russia
Now, the average GDP per Capita in Sakhalin is now around $55k USD a year. Which means that, with the mother and father working, they could easily buy the Model S or the Model X as a family car, or take out financing on it as it is common practise in Russia.
So... why don't we start a Showroom in Russia? The Far East parts of Russia are RHD areas, literally, only the SIM cards onboard the car would need to be replaced, and I have personally replaced the SIM card on the Tesla which is behind the 17" screen. MegaFon, a Russian operator, allows any APN to be used and could easily roam in Japan
So what do we get? We get a car that users in Russia can buy free of tax (Russia has removed ALL taxes on Fully electric cars meaning that a Model S would cost cheaper if shipped from the US to Russia than if purchased in California), we get free charging and charging at home which costs much, much less than gasoline and we get the option (hopefully) to like Norway, have Electric Vehicles get free ferry tickets, meaning that Japanese Tesla owners can drive to Russia and hopefully as the infrastructure involves further West.
Oh, and let's not forget that the tunnel could mean that Americans too could drive into Russia, and then via the Supercharger corridor make it to Japan, FREE OF CHARGE.
There are a few notable, frequently visited restaurants and hotels in Sakhalin, which I contacted Tesla about asking for them to put US/JP spec chargers on, no reply.
I see no point in putting European chargers in the Eastern Areas as it is impossible due to the roads to get to the Western part of Russia, and most cars would be from Japan/US anyways.
If anyone knows who I need to contact about this, I would be willing to actually invest, and hopefully get around $500,000 to start a showroom. Can anyone forward this?