Re: Tesla's progress is amazing
>Anybody in the UK buying a Tesla S from 2 April 2017 and will be paying £310 road tax each year for the first five years
Actually that's not 100% clear. From the VED website: "Cars with a list price in excess of £40,000 will incur a supplement of £310 on their SR for the first 5 years in which a SR is paid.".
The Tesla doesn't pay SR because it's a zero emissions vehicle. Or, strictly speaking, it has an SR of £0. So does that count as paying or not paying?
The attached document looks like it might be a bit clearer and does seem to imply that you would pay the £310, but it's hardly cut and dried.
Also a bit woolly on how things like optional extras are handled. If you buy a car that's £39,995 list, but the opt for an extra that adds £500 to the price, does that tip you over into the supplement? Seems a bit draconian, especially as you're likely to negotiate a discount of a few thousand anyway.
If optional extras aren't considered, then I can see a lot of manufacturers offering engine upgrades and the like as "optional extras".
Start with a BMW 318, optionally upgrade the body, engine and equipment, take delivery of a 750 with an original list price of around £25k and £40k of extras.