Aside from the Tesla Roadster which is out of production, Tesla does not offer a convertible. That has not stopped California based Newport Convertible Engineering (NCE) from spending six months engineering a solution for the Model S and now they are reporting an order for 100 Model S convertibles from a Chinese investor with deep pockets who foresees a market for a drop-top Model S.
Elon Musk has regularly mentioned that China could become Tesla’s biggest market calling the Chinese market the “wild card” in Tesla’s plans for global expansion. Working through the bureaucracy to qualify for the generous Chinese subsidies and tax breaks for EVs remains a challenge. The Model S reportedly starts at $146,000 for the base model and extends to just under $200,000 for a fully optioned Performance Plus model. However, despite this and the high tariffs on imports, companies like Audi, BMW and Mercedes are enjoying unprecedented sales for their brands of luxury goods among the moneyed class.
NCE has developed convertible versions of the Cadillac ELR, Dodge Challenger, Range Rover and Porsche Cayenne. The Model S conversion is expected to add $29,000, for the soft-top, or $49,000, for the hard-top, to the price of the Tesla itself.
Although NCE has sought a working partnership with Tesla to produce 5000 Tesla convertibles, Tesla has remained mum on the topic. NCE has suggested that a big announcement is coming on April 18th – the first day of the New York Auto Show.
Source: Clean Technica
Newport Convertible Engineering (NCE)