Tesla opens first retail design store in the UK, Model S priced at £49,900

Article by Anita Panait, on November 14, 2013

Tesla has launched its first retail design store in the United Kingdom located at London’s Westfield Shopping Centre in White City. The new store boasts of interactive displays and design studios that allow people to design their own Model S while learning about the electric vehicle.

The opening of the store in London was graced by Tesla Motors’ co-founder and chief executive Elon Musk, who also hosted a special opening evening for customers in the country.

The five-door Tesla Model S is considered as the first premium saloon in the world that was built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, and was engineered to raise the public’s expectations of a premium saloon.

While the Model S rivals top cars in its class in terms of roominess, handling and style, it has one big advantage over them -- zero tailpipe emissions.  The car also provides more luggage space in front and is very spacious inside since it features no internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel.

Sitting at the core of the Model S is an electric powertrain that provides excellent driving experience while setting a new NEDC record for electric vehicle range of 310 miles. Available in two battery options – 60 kWh and 85 kWh, the Tesla Model S boasts of a battery that is mounted on the floor, giving the car an incredible low center of gravity as well as ideal weight distribution for superior handling.

The Model S has similar features with the Tesla Roadster – its predecessor – like immediate responsiveness, instant torque and smooth acceleration. The launch of the new London Store also came with the announcement that the Tesla Model S (60kWh) will have a starting on-the-road price of £49,900 in the UK, after a £5000 deduction from the UK Plug-in grant.

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