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USA: Tesla Motors is planning store at Scottsdale Fashion Square

In a city where Cadillac Escalades and BMWs are coveted, Tesla Motors wants to bring its high-end line of plug-in electric vehicles to Scottsdale Fashion Square shoppers.

Tesla, of Palo Alto, Calif., last week requested a use permit for a 3,081-square-foot store at the downtown mall.

Tesla operates like a traditional retailer, the company explained in its project narrative: “We’re much more like an Apple store than an Audi dealership.”

A car dealership would be a new category for Scottsdale Fashion Square. But the state’s largest mall, with 1.9 million square feet of space, has displayed Mercedes-Benz models within the east wing and Gooding and Co. has hosted its collector-car auction outside Dilliard’s each January for five years.

A car dealership operated at one time on the southwestern corner of Scottsdale and Camelback roads. That showroom later became the China Inn restaurant and then operated as the 10 Downing Street nightclub in the late 1980s until 1992.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is now on the corner as part of the Scottsdale Waterfront development.

The Tesla store would be in the former Pottery Barn store near Starbucks. The space is at the street level north of Camelback Road on the east side of the wing that links the food court and Nordstrom.

As many as four cars would be in the store and an additional six cars could be displayed in a second-level parking garage.

Test drives at mall

Customers could order a car or test drive the new Model S sedan that is scheduled to be on the road this summer. More than 8,000 Model S cars have been reserved with prices starting at $49,900, according to Tesla’s website.

Model S owners can choose between three battery packs with a range of 160, 230 or 300 miles.

Model X sport-utility vehicle, similar to an Audi Q7, also is being developed. Advanced sales of the electric SUV totaled more than $40 million, Tesla reported last month
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