The first electric sports car is coming to Japan this May, as Tesla sends its first batch of right-hand drive Roadsters to the other side of the Pacific.
Japan will be the first Asian market for Tesla, which built 12 special edition Roadsters to mark the occasion. Featuring carbon fiber bodywork and a 0-60 time of just 3.7 seconds, the Roadster should be a hit in Japan, which is a significant market for sports car makers like Ferrari, Porsche and Lotus.
“With its combination of high-level car enthusiasts and interest and appreciation of cutting-edge technology, Japan is a natural market for the Roadster,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “The Tesla Roadster is a no-compromise vehicle that makes no sacrifices on performance, design or engineering.”
The announcement comes on the heels of a partnership between Tesla and Japanese electronics giant Panasonic. The two companies forged an agreement to work together on battery technology, a current weakness for electric vehicles. Fortunately, the Japanese government is investing in charging stations and other infrastructure in a bid to promote the use of electric vehicles. This should make the Tesla an even more inviting proposition in a country where gas prices have reached as high as $5.50 a gallon.