Palo Alto-based electric auto maker Tesla Motors doesn’t sell cars in its new Houston
showroom, sales lot, dealership uh… “gallery” now open in Houston, Texas. According to Texas state law, they are, for some reason, not allowed to actually sell cars at their new digs in the Houston Galleria shopping center. (Pssst… it’s between the Banana Republic and the Brooks Brothers Women). Instead, Tesla’s new Lone Star digs are designed to “invite the public in to explore Tesla’s technology and learn about electric vehicles.”
The tony new gallery is part of what Tesla officials are calling a major expansion in North America. The Houston gallery will be Tesla’s tenth in the U.S. It operates 20 locations around the world, including in Europe and Asia.
Tesla claims they chose the centrally-located Galleria to expose as many people as possible to the advantages and practicality of electric vehicles. The space itself is filled with high-tech, hands-on exhibits, interactive touch-screen experiences, a massive flat screen and the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of a Tesla.
Shoppers will now have the opportunity to interact and learn about the company’s Roadster, a $109,000 sports car that boasts a 245 mile range per charge and can go from zero to 60 MPH in a neck snapping 3.7 seconds. Also on display will be the company’s upcoming ride, the Model S sedan which, at a base price of around $50,000 after tax rebates, features rear-wheel drive, a top speed of 130 MPH and three battery options which offer ranges from 160 miles to 300 miles.