New Englanders, rejoice – lastly, Vermont’s first Tesla retailer in South Burlington is being furnished and opening quickly.
January 26: The Tesla retailer in Vermont is not going to open within the second half of January, as we initially anticipated. Certainly one of our readers (thanks, Doug!) stopped by the shop right now and spoke with a supervisor, who stated there was nonetheless a whole lot of work to do and the shop would not open till March 1st on the earliest. He took a photograph of the shop’s inside and shared it with us:
Yeah, that is nowhere close to prepared for launch in 4 days, lol.
Vermont’s first (and solely) Tesla retailer
December 22: Till now, Vermont’s roughly 3,000 Tesla drivers have needed to journey to Latham, New York, for service and repairs. In the event you wished to purchase or lease a brand new Tesla, you needed to go all the best way to New Jersey to choose it up – in the event you wished to order to keep away from the excessive supply charges. Each Tesla shops are inside just a few hours’ drive of Vermont. (Tesla additionally presents cell service to Vermont residents, however its touring technicians can’t present the identical full service as in-store.)
However now it is official: A former Hannaford grocery store now has a big Tesla signal on the entrance. The South Burlington retailer is predicted to open within the second half of January.
Vermont state regulation was revised in 2021 to permit direct gross sales of electrical automobiles to prospects, and South Burlington applied a zoning change to permit automotive gross sales on the former grocery store web site.
Tesla simply opened a retailer at Mohegan Solar, a on line casino and resort in Connecticut. This transfer was made as a result of the Mohegan tribe owns the land, which serves as an answer as a result of the state bans direct automotive gross sales by automakers. (The state does permit direct leasing, nonetheless.)
There are not any Tesla shops in New Hampshire, so state residents may also profit from this improvement.
That is extraordinarily welcome information for lots of people (not simply me, lol). The state has a small inhabitants, however ranks within the prime 5 within the nation for EV drivers per capita. Drive Electrical Vermont reported in July that there have been 10,022 plug-in electrical automobiles registered in Vermont – a 34% enhance from 2022.
And Chittenden County, the place South Burlington is positioned, has the very best fee of EV possession, with about 1 EV per 47 residents.
Having a Tesla retailer within the state will solely enhance these numbers as it would appeal to new consumers. And naturally there are these of us who welcome its arrival as a result of we not have to depart the state.
Learn extra: I simply purchased my very first Tesla. That is what occurred
Photograph: Todd R. Lockwood/New England Electrical Auto Affiliation Group
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