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Tesla Service Center to Open in Marin

The Palo Alto-based electric vehicle manufacturer will open a service center in San Rafael this fall.

In a county with , EV drivers can soon add a specialized service center this fall, according to Tesla Motors

The Palo Alto-based company that manufactures high-end, all-electric cars plans to open its first Bay Area service center at 470 DuBois St. in San Rafael this fall. Tesla currently has 18 service centers in North America, a number which the company hopes to double in the next three months, according to spokeswoman Shanna Hendriks.

"We have a large following of customers in the Bay Area," she said, although she could not give a number for the amount of Tesla enthusiasts in Marin.

Tesla was founded in 2003, and their first Roadster hit the pavement in 2008. Now, more than 2,300 Roadsters drive emissions-free in more than 37 countries and the company is working on their Model S. Their vehicles range from $50,000 to almost $100,000. 

In July 2012, the company delivered 10 new vehicles to owners. To date, they produced 100 cars this year, Hendriks said.

"Customers in Marin are going to see a service center that will be unique," she said. "It will be clean and inviting and unlike any other."

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Rebecca Chapman August 24, 2012 at 02:40 PM
YES!!!!!!!!!!!
Rico August 25, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I'm sorry, but if the photo is of a Tesla S, it is butt ugly. And those gull wang doors sure take up a lot of space. But the main question is, where is the level 2 slow charger that costs around $5,000 for upgrading electrical service and installing a new 30 amp 240 volt dedicated circuit to the the garage ? With the shutting down of the San Onofre nuclear plant and laying off 570 workers last week, and the state ISO's calling for flex alerts, the power grid officials better pray that not many people will buy PEV's like the Tesla. I think pure electric vehicles are cool, but many people don't have any idea of the total costs for the charging systems, the special E9 meters and the dire condition of our aging power grids. With the closing of San Onofre, we here in California are going to be seeing more flex alerts than ever before, even without electric personal cars added to the load.
Bud Wiesser November 20, 2013 at 12:35 AM
1) if it costs "$5,000" to upgrade your house to 240v ur getting ripped off. My quote was for less than half that...2) San Onofre? That was Socal Edison and the power it produced has been picked up by other sources, or are you assuming that this was not done?...3) People who can afford Teslas should be able to afford these electrical upgrades, no? ChargePoint is coming up w/an inexpensive lease program also...4) For the rest of us we have to battle Teslas for use of the single public charger at Hauke Park. C'mon Mill Valley. Even Sausalito has more chargers.

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