Tap, charge, and go: Indonesians can now pre-order Tesla electric cars online

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Amid all the festivities of 11.11 Harbolnas (National Online Shopping Day) today, Indonesian e-commerce giant Tokopedia has announced that people can now pre-order Tesla cars through their platform ⁠— the first time that anyone in the country can buy the electric vehicles with a tap of the screen.

Tokopedia’s spokesman Ekhel Chandra Wijaya said customers may order their dream Tesla cars through the official Tokopedia page for Prestige Motorcars, an exotic car dealer based in North Jakarta, which holds exclusive rights to sell Tesla cars in Indonesia.

As seen on Prestige Motorcars’ official Tokopedia page, five color options of the brand new Tesla Model 3 Standard Range version are available. Don’t be fooled by the IDR100 million (US$7,090) price tag, as that’s just the booking fee. The Model 3’s on-the-road price is estimated to be IDR1.5 billion (US$106,300).

If you buy a Tesla through Tokopedia, you are entitled to an IDR50 million (US$3,541) discount. Details on leasing options are available on Prestige’s official Instagram page.

The package includes perks such as free installation for wall charging ports, though buyers may have to wait for up to 45 days until their electric cars are delivered to their homes.

Tesla Model 3 is an electric four-door fastback sedan which carries features such as autopilot driving, a touch screen, and tinted glass roof, to name a few. The model was first produced in mid-2017, and it became the world’s best-selling electric car in history as of March 2020.

Electric vehicles are still relatively rare in Indonesia. Shortcomings in infrastructure, such as the lack of public charging stations, mean that the likes of Teslas are generally seen as novelty products for now. However, electric cars have been making some inroads into Indonesia in recent years, most notably with the country’s biggest taxi company adding dozens of battery-powered cars (four of which are Teslas) to its fleet last year.

Furthermore, there have been reports that Tesla is in advanced talks to build a battery production factory in Indonesia, as the government continues to push for the growth of electric vehicles production in Indonesia. The government is targeting 20 percent of all cars produced in Indonesia to be electric by 2025.

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