The electric automaker Tesla Motors has chosen Menlo Park as the site for its Northern California sales and servicing as the excitement builds for the mass production later this year of the Tesla Roadster.
The San Carlos-based automotive startup this month entered into a deal with Stanford University, which owns land at 300 El Camino Real in Menlo Park it will lease to Tesla.
"It's ideal for us," said Mike Harrigan of Tesla Motors. "The location has great visibility with the types of people who are likely to consider buying a Tesla, and is also very well suited for our sales and service plans."
Around 550 Tesla Roadsters were pre-ordered at a reported cost of almost $100,000 each. Delivery of the cars to customers was set for December after the cars were first introduced to the public in July 2006. The Peninsula showroom will be one of five in the nation, with others in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York.
The company says the car has a range of 200 miles, has no emissions and can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds.
Both under development for production within the next several years are a sedan version of the car, as well as a $30,000 economy model.
"Tesla Motors is an exceptionally good fit for Menlo Park," Mayor Kelly Fergusson said. "Tesla's vehicles and corporate philosophy are consistent with Menlo Park's history and culture of innovation, high-tech investment, and emphasis on green technology."
"Tesla is a keystone in creating a 'Green Alley' destination shopping area for alternative energy vehicles and green retail on El Camino Real," the mayor added.
The dealership should be open for business by the end of the year.