Tesla is now open for business in the UK.
Tesla Motors has opened its first retail design store in the UK at London’s Westfield Shopping Centre in White City, known as one of the capital’s most popular shopping destinations.
Tesla said the new store features interactive displays and design studios enabling people to design their own Model S and learn all about the electric vehicle.
“Tesla is taking the UK market very seriously, and there are more stores and service centers to come,” said Tesla Motors’ Co-Founder and CEO Elon Musk. “We’re also going to establish a Supercharger network so Model S customers will be able to drive long distances anywhere in the UK using our network for free, forever. The first Supercharger will be energized next quarter and we’ll aspire to have the entire country covered by end of next year. Most importantly, we are hard at work with Right Hand Drive Model S, and we aim to deliver the first one by the end of March 2014.”
Following the launch of the new London Store, Tesla has announced that the official on-the-road price for Model S in the UK will start at £49,900. This price is for the 60 kilowatt-hour Model S after a £5000 deduction from the UK Plug-in grant.
Numerous financial benefits apply to the Model S in the UK, affecting the total cost of ownership; these include incentives such as zero showroom tax, zero Vehicle Exercise Duty (road tax) and exemption from London’s Congestion Charge.
To top it off, UK residents who purchase Model S as a company car can also benefit from a 0 percent Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) rate until April 2015, after which the BIK is set to a rate of 5 percent. Compared to the standard BIK rates of 24-28 percent for a typical premium ICE sedan, this incentive helps make Model S even more attractive to corporate clients.