Tesla Has Russian Expansion Plans
Just about every week or so, it seems we get more news of Tesla’s expansion efforts. Now, a local newspaper – Kommersant, in Russia points to the electric automaker not only moving forward with its planned Supercharger network, but also opening showrooms.
As usual, Tesla has yet to officially verify the reports, but generally we see the company’s official news follow the local announcements. The first showroom in Russia are set for Moscow and St. Petersburg. Real estate vendors in the areas showed requests from the automaker for office space in both cities.
While only a couple hundred people in Russia own Model S or Model X vehicles, the group has already ganged up and set up their own “unofficial” service center in Moscow. The owners had to import the vehicles, which is a costly and complicated process, wrought with potential issues. Having no Superchargers, no official service centers, and possible lack of internet connectivity for the over-the-air updates, makes owning a Tesla in an area like Russia, a true commitment.
Soon, these hardcores will be rewarded for their commitment, and life as a Russian Tesla owner will become more simple. One can only assume that many others will also jump on the band wagon, once it’s much less of a hassle.
Tesla also just officially expanded into New Zealand, with the delivery of the first eight Model S vehicles, and an unveiling ceremony, during which attendees could test drive vehicles.