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Tesla opens latest store in Birmingham

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Electric car company Tesla has opened a new store and service centre in the UK, coinciding with the expansion of its Supercharger fast charger network.

The new Birmingham showroom is just five minutes’ drive from the major A45 and A38 roads and features a Model S design studio where buyers can specify their car, a four-bay service area and a purpose-built delivery bay.

It is the company’s fifth UK store and Tesla says “it is perfectly placed to serve potential customers and Model S owners in the Midlands.” The company has also expanded its choice of cars, with a new four-wheel drive Model S version now available, in addition to the existing rear-wheel drive versions.

Four-wheel drive cars also receive a power boost to a substantial 682bhp – enough to rocket the Model S to 60mph in a supercar-challenging 3.2 seconds. Despite the power, the most powerful Model S can still cover around 285 miles per charge – around twice the figure that most electric cars can achieve. Deliveries for this new model start from July 2015, with prices starting at £76,400.

Tesla has been investing in expanding its Supercharger network in the UK, adding extra rapid chargers which can replenish half of the car’s charge in as little as 20 minutes. As a result the company claims that: “Within the next six months, Model S drivers will be able to drive the length of the UK relying only on Superchargers.”

Following the addition of this new showroom in Birmingham, the US car brand now has dealerships at London’s Westfield shopping centre, in West Drayton, west of the city, in Gatwick, Bristol and the Midlands.

Author: Padraig Mallett

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