Athlon Car Lease and electric car maker Tesla
Motors have teamed up to provide a lease option for the
manufacturer’s vehicles in Europe.
Through the deal Athlon, a division of Dutch
asset finance company De Lage Landen, will lease the Tesla Roadster
and Roadster Sport across the six of the nine European countries in
which it operates.
The Tesla cars will be available initially to
Athlon customers in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the
Netherlands which have been identified as core markets for
The option may become available in Luxembourg,
Poland and Portugal if there is demand.
The two companies plan to extend the deal to
include the Tesla Model S sedan, which is currently in production,
by late 2012.
Tesla’s Roadster model is currently the only
electric highway-capable (capable of speeds in excess of 100km/h)
car in serial production with a range greater than 300km.
Athlon already provides a lease option for
smaller electric cars to its customers which it has been aiming to
Hans Blink, president of Athlon Car Lease,
said: “Through the collaboration with Tesla we are now able to
offer our customers a one-stop-shop in electric mobility.
“Being aware of the changing mobility needs of
our customers, we are continuously trying to extend our CSR
(corporate social responsibility) and innovation networks
throughout the industry.
“We are therefore very proud to have won Tesla
Motors as a partner for Athlon Car Lease to bring EV (electric
vehicle) solutions closer to our customers.”
De Lage Landen and its parent bank Rabobank
have already placed orders for several Model S sedans for the use
of the companies’ board members.
George Blankenship, Tesla’s Vice President of
Sales and Ownership Experience, said: “Athlon Car Lease is a
valuable partner on our path of social responsibility and