Published on April 11th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro3
Chinese Investor Orders 100 Tesla Model S Convertibles
April 11th, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
Originally published on Gas 2.
By Christopher DeMorro.
There isn’t yet a convertible version of the Tesla Model S, but Newport Convertible Engineering will turn your Tesla into a droptop for $29,000. And according to NCE, a wealthy Chinese investor has ordered 100 Model S convertibles, lending credence to Elon Musk’s claim that China could become Tesla’s biggest market.
Newport Convertible Engineering is no stranger to hybrids, offering convertible versions of just about every car on the market, including the Cadillac ELR. But taking a Tesla and chopping off the roof is an entirely different story, and it took NCE six months to develop soft top ($29,900) and hardtop ($49,900) versions of the Tesla Model S. Keep in mind that is in addition to the cost of a Model S, which starts at $70,000 in America but $121,000 in China.
So far, Tesla hasn’t offered any variant on the Model S besides the sedan, though renderings of a coupe have caused quite a stir on the internet. If you want a Tesla convertible, your only option is the out-of-production Tesla Roadster. However, NCE claims to have orders for 100 of their droptop conversions from China, where the first Tesla store has also become the busiest in the world. Renewed interest in EVs in China has orders are reportedly pouring for companies like BYD, and there is obviously a demand for convertible models as well.
This has NCE calling on Tesla to join them in producing some 5,000 Tesla convertibles to meet demand, though Musk hasn’t mentioned anything of the sort. NCE is saying a big announcement will be coming on April 18th though, which happens to be the opening day of the New York Auto Show. Perhaps we’ll get more than just photoshopped images of a Tesla Model S convertible, though this is perhaps the best argument for a two-door variant.
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