According to Tesla’s website, the “premium electric sedans” sell for between $62,400 and $87,400, after a $7,500 federal tax credit.
Since the company has no dealerships, Hendriks said, malls are a location where the new brand can “get in front of the most people.”
At Wednesday’s public hearing before the Planning Board, Tesla representatives will present their case for a waiver to the zoning regulation prohibiting the use of a “salesroom for motor vehicles” at the mall, according to its application.
Hendriks said if the waiver is granted, there are no plans to expand the showroom, but instead of directing consumers to its website or sales office, Tesla salespeople could set up test drives, accept payments, and complete sales right at the mall.
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