As Tesla pushes forward into the European and Chinese markets, online publication CleanTechnica speculated today whether the luxury vehicle manufacturer is looking at pricing cuts, in addition to streamlined logistics, to ensure overseas success.

Reports show lowered prices in European markets also, with a close to 7,000 Euro drop in the price of a Tesla Model S in Germany. The reason for this isn’t clear: it could signify low demand, or perhaps it is part of Elon Musk’s strategy to sell more cars in the region. Musk declared last month that “towards the end of the year, we expect sales in those regions combined to be almost twice that of North America.”

Tesla also isn’t planning on price hikes in China to take advantage of a premium-car loving market. The price will reflect increased shipping costs, duties and taxes, however Tesla won’t be increasing its margin on Chinese sales.

Yesterday CleanTechnica also published the results of a reader poll on what will be the “Top-Selling Electric Car in US & Europe in 2014”, with the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model S topping both lists.

In the US the Toyota Prius Plug-in and Chevy Volt are also likely to be popular, while Germany, France, the Netherlands and Norway favoured the BMW i3, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in and the Renault Zoe.

CleanTechnica boasts to be the world’s number one most trafficked cleantech-focused website, with around 186,000 unique visitors per month.


Read the full article about Tesla’s European and Chinese pricing here.

Read the full article about 2014 top-selling electric cars here.