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Other than import fees are there any issues with importing an electric vehicle from Europe or from elsewhere?

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Other than import fees are there any issues with importing an electric vehicle from Europe or from elsewhere?

Before there were emission standards that a vehicle will have to pass
Since the electric cars do not have emission problems what other factors can come into play when you are importing an electric car from Europe or US or from anywhere else ?
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It will still have to conform to Canadian safety regulations and transport Canada rules. And Tesla has put their current cars (Model S and Model X) on the "Do Not Import" list:
http://www.tc.gc.ca/motorvehiclesafety/ ... MOTORS.htm

Someone who was importing a Tesla from Eastern Canada to BC suggested it was because they didn't want to be responsible for the software and licensing issues. But for whatever reason, you can buy a Tesla in Canada, you just can't import one.

So basically, the same kind of stuff as you'd have with a regular car, with the exception of emissions testing.

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European ports may be different than NA ports (depends on country, I believe).
You'd need an adapter, or a european EVSE at home (the latter would limit you from using any public charging) or change the port out with NA part.

Random google image, first I could find with them side by side:
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Note for CCS (fast charging) the top is the same, just adds two fat pins at the bottom. So you'd also not be able to use CCS.
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Not gonna happen. Safety regulations are different.
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CNeufeld wrote: It will still have to conform to Canadian safety regulations and transport Canada rules. And Tesla has put their current cars (Model S and Model X) on the "Do Not Import" list:
http://www.tc.gc.ca/motorvehiclesafety/ ... MOTORS.htm

Someone who was importing a Tesla from Eastern Canada to BC suggested it was because they didn't want to be responsible for the software and licensing issues. But for whatever reason, you can buy a Tesla in Canada, you just can't import one.

So basically, the same kind of stuff as you'd have with a regular car, with the exception of emissions testing.

C
This whole thing sucks. If you think twice if the regulations are different here from south of the border none of the sides should allow vehicles to cross from the other side.
If an US visitor vehicle gets on the roads in Canada why can't an imported vehicle do it without all this circus? (I know I know ....it is all about money).
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I think there is converters for that.... that is the smallest problem that I see here

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