The 27,000 square foot retail outlet, the vehicular equivalent of an Apple store, is the fifth Tesla location in the Bay Area and the company now has 41 locations in North America.
Founded in 2003, Palo Alto-based Tesla Motors has become a darling of high-tech set and environmentalists. From 2008 to 2012, the company sold 2,400 of its first vehicle, the Tesla Roadster, a two-seat electric sports car, with a base price of $109,000.
“It’s in the heart of Silicon Valley,” said Telsa spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson. “The market is very strong for us in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. We’re opening stores in places where we expect to sell vehicles.”
Its second car, the Model S, is a sedan that came out last year to rave reviews. The vehicle, which goes up to 265 miles on an electric charge and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, received the highest score ever for a vehicle from Consumer Reports. The car has a base price of $69,900 to $79,900 before tax credits, depending on the battery pack.
“It’s awesome. It looks easy to drive, and it looks so much better than a minivan. Minivans are for old people,” said Vilma Estacio-Melamed, of San Jose, who admired a white Model X in the new showroom.
The company has so far received 6,000 orders for its Model X SUV, with customers putting down $5,000 for the standard version and $40,000 for the signature version, even though Tesla has not announced the price of the vehicle or exactly when it will begin delivery. Most deliveries are expected in 2015, and the base price is expected to range from $70,000 to $90,000.
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