Tesla has begun selling its cars in Jordan, in a further sign that EVs are finally becoming a viable option for motorists in the Kingdom.
Customers can now order two models built at Tesla’s California plant. The Model S executive saloon starts from JD56,100 and can cover 632 kilometers on a single charge. While the Model X sports crossover starts from JD60,000 and can cover 565 kilometers.
A pop-up showroom has been set-up at Amman’s Taj Mall to see the vehicles up close. Orders can only be taken via Tesla’s website and deliveries are expected to begin in the summer.
It’s still not clear how the vehicles, including their sophisticated batteries, will be serviced. But Telsa is building a service center in Dubai for its customers, which could indicate one is also on the way for Jordan.
In the past, EV drivers in Jordan could only charge their vehicles at home, often overnight. But Tesla has set up a nationwide network of charging points that includes four supercharging stations, which recharges vehicles in minutes rather than hours.
The Tesla launch comes shortly after Nissan announced it would begin selling its affordable electric Leaf car in Jordan. While BMW’s i8 and i3 plug-in hybrids have been available since 2015. Sales have been encouraged by tax and fee exemptions.