Tesla’s long-awaited launch in the region is finally here, with the announcement that their Sheikh Zayed Road salesroom and service centre will be opened on July 12.
Featured at the official opening will be the Tesla Model X and the Model S, which you’ll be able to preorder immediately.
Another Tesla store and service centre is expected to open in Abu Dhabi some time next year.
Tesla has also established two “Supercharging” locations for the electric cars, which can be found at the Last Exit in Jebel Ali and in Masdar City.
Five additional Supercharging locations will be launched by the end of this year.
The UAE already plays home to a fair few of Tesla’s “Destination” chargers, which can be found at 26 different locations. More than 50 more charging stations will be added by the end of 2017.
Here’s what the Supercharger stations look like:
If you want your Tesla to stand out from the crowd, you’ll be able to customise your car using Tesla’s online studio design feature.
It’ll cost you though. Prices of a Tesla are set to vary between Dhs275,000 and Dhs344,000. Not exactly cheap.
It’s common knowledge that the UAE isn’t quite prepared for the arrival of electronic cars, but Tesla CEO and genius Elon Musk has said that they’ll be investing millions into the country’s electronic car infrastructure over the coming years.
“Almost all cars that will be produced will be capable of full autonomy in about ten years.
“Tesla cars that are made today have the sensor system necessary for full autonomy and we think probably enough computing power to be safer than a person.”
Sure, we’re not certain how successful self-driving cars will be on Emirates Road at rush hour, but we’ve got faith in Elon Musk’s vision.
At a Tesla press conference earlier this year, Musk spoke of his vision, saying, “I think we’ll see autonomy and artificial intelligence advance tremendously.
“My guess is in probably 10 years it will be very unusual for cars to be built that are not fully autonomous.”