Tesla, the California-based high-end electric car manufacturer, will open its first Charlotte area store and service center in Matthews next week at 9140 E. Independence Blvd.
Tesla representative Alexis Georgeson said the company opens stores and service centers in strategic locations based on where the company believes its customer base lives, where people are most informed about and interested in technology and where there is a high density of Model S vehicles.
“The opening of our Charlotte location is a testament to the fact we believe the area will continue to be a strong market for us,” Georgeson wrote in an email to the Observer. Georgeson could not say when construction will be complete.
Tesla has a “supercharger” station to replenish cars’ batteries on West Mallard Creek Church Road. The company’s only other store in North Carolina is in Raleigh. The company’s most basic Model S sells for a base price of $71,070, before federal incentives.