Tesla opens second retail center in the UK

Article by Andrew Christian, on July 29, 2014

Tesla has launched its second store and service center in the United Kingdom, located right at Park House, Horton Road, West Drayton, UB7 8JD. Tesla’s newest store in the UK features a Model S design studio, a seven-bay service area, and the country’s first purpose-built two-bay delivery center.

The new retail center is bound to offer Model S owners a free shuttle service to the Heathrow airport, which is just located nearby. The retail center will be the second store Tesla has put up in the UK after the first one in Westfield White City.

But Tesla is not stopping there. The EV maker is setting and service facilities in Crawley, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle, and Edinburgh until the end of 2014, thereby allowing customers to visit Tesla wherever they are. The company will still hold test-drive events around the UK.

Tesla has disclosed plans for an exclusive Model S customer shuttle from the new store and service center to Heathrow airport. This offering will enable Tesla owners to have their Model S serviced at the center travelling for business of vacation.

The Model S shuttle will drop off drivers, passengers, and luggage at the airport just in time for their flights. Not only that, the vehicle will meet them right when they return. Tesla launched the Model S in right hand drive version in the UK last month, offering 312 miles of NEDC range on a single charge.

It is loaded with a 17-inch touchscreen and could accelerate from zero to 60mph in 4.2 seconds. The Model S – which was Autocar magazine’s Sturmey Award for Automotive Excellence and Telegraph Motoring’s Best Eco Car – features an iPhone app that allows owners to directly communicate with their cars.

The app can be used for checking charging progress, start or stop charging, and heat up or cool down Model S before driving. The Model S starts at £50,280 on the road, including the £5,000 government plug-in grant.

Customers could take advantage of other government incentives like zero road tax, zero showroom tax, and exemption from London Congestion Charge. The Model S is also eligible for the 100-percent First Year Allowance for company purchase and zero-percent Benefit in Kind -- both lasting until April 2015. [source: Tesla Motors]

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