Tesla has announced that it has begun accepting online orders for Model S and Model X in the UAE. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk made the official launch announcement at the World Government Summit which was held in Dubai.
Potential customers in the country can now visit the online design studio in order to customize and order the Tesla vehicle that they feel is the best fit for their lifestyle. Delivery of the first Model S and Model X vehicles are expected to be made during this summer.
In addition to the dedicated online platform for the brand’s customers in the UAE, the company will also have a pop-up store in The Dubai Mall, Tesla Ranger service and a service center that is currently under construction near Interchange Two of Sheikh Zayed Road. The service center is slated to open in July. The pop-up store will give customers here an opportunity to experience Tesla and learn more about the benefits of Tesla ownership. Tesla also has plans to open a store and service center in Abu Dhabi next year.
Once concern that most motorists have about purchasing electric cars is the issue of range anxiety. Tesla has opened two Supercharging locations at The Last Exit in Jebel Ali and in Masdar City, and these stations will make it possible for drivers to recharge their vehicles in just a few minutes rather than hours. Tesla has plans to open five additional Supercharger locations by the end of the year thus facilitating long distance travel across the UAE. Currently, UAE already has Tesla’s Destination chargers in as many as 26 locations across the country, including hotels and shopping malls. Tesla will add more than 50 additional Destination charging locations by the end of the year.
Tesla’s award-winning Model S has an industry leading NEDC range of up to 632 km, and is positioned as one of the safest, and most exhilarating cars on the road. The Model S has the capability to go from from 0 to 100 kph in just 2.7 seconds and has Tesla’s unique, all-electric powertrain.
The Model X is an SUV that has standard all-wheel drive and offers up to 565 km of range (NEDC) on a single charge. It goes well with an active lifestyle and is spacious enough to accommodate seven adults and all their luggage. The Model X too is quite fast and can go from zero to 100 kph in just 3.1 seconds.
Currently, those who want to drive Tesla cars in the UAE have to pay heavy transportation costs and hefty import duties. With Tesla now coming to Dubai and supportive government policies to encourage more widespread adoption of environmentally
Manju Mathew, an MBA in marketing, completed publisher training courses from the Oxford Brookes University and New York University. She started with marketing and PR roles before moving on to her current position as a full time writer. Currently living in Dubai, her life as an expat has sharpened her observation skills and flair for writing. She enjoys writing about luxury cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc even if she can only dream of owning them.
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