SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 10: A Tesla Model S is displayed inside of the new Tesla flagship facility on August 10, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Tesla is opening a 65,000 square foot store, its largest retail center to date. The facility will offer sales and service of Tesla's electric car line.
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In the latest Tesla Motors news, the company stated they are in the final stages of making its debut in Ireland, with 2017 being pegged as the tentative launch schedule.
The confirmation to this effect comes from Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen, Tesla Motors' director of Nordic sales, who confirmed the company's plans to The Irish Times.
The first of the company owned store is expected to come up in Dublin. Tesla though has stated they would first ensure there are enough superchargers in place to go with the launch of the company's first electric powered cars. As The Country Caller reported, the likely locations where the superchargers are expected to come up include Belfast, Cork, Dublin, and Galway.
Tesla makes it sure its supercharger network are located in upscale locations in the close vicinity of malls, restrooms, restaurants and such. This allows owners to have enough option to while away the time till their car remains plugged in. Charging for 30 minutes will be enough to allow for around 270 km of driving range.
Further, Tesla's Dublin store is likely to be a 'Tesla Service-plus" outlet where both sales and service facility will be doled out from a single location, Electrek reported. Currently, there are a few Tesla cars playing in Ireland though those have been imported. The Irish government has also announced a €5,000 in tax relief to be availed of for those opting to buy electric cars.
In other Tesla motors news, Tesla is also working towards launching its cars and supercharger network in Spain and Portugal as well. A presence in these three countries will complete Tesla's expansion in the entire western European region. Tesla's Irish expansion plans have suffered some delays though as it was originally planned to happen towards the end of the year itself.
Currently, the entry-level Model X 75D models sell for €85,000 in the UK while the Model S sedan starts at €56,555. The Model 3 hasn't yet been announced for sale anywhere in Europe though going by the sedan's US price of $35,000, it comes to around €31,900 in the UK.
Keep watching for the latest Tesla Motors news as it evolves.