Tesla Motors, based in Palo Alto, Calif., is a truly exciting company. It now seems destined to become one of the world’s top car manufacturers. What sets Tesla apart is the kind of automobile that it makes: electric, innovative, stylish, and futuristic. Today, there are relatively few Tesla-owned stores in the U.S., but one of them is located inside Scottsdale Fashion Square, a luxury mall. This popular shopping center is located just 15 minutes away from the Best Western Plus Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites Hotel, and it would definitely be worth a visit during your stay.
When you visit the Tesla Store, you may be surprised to find that its employees aren’t trying to sell you a vehicle. That’s because Tesla retails the vast majority of its cars online and not through its brick-and-mortar establishments. Instead, this store has been set up to teach you ― in entertaining ways ― about Tesla products and about electric cars in general. Plus, its staff members are friendly and highly knowledgeable, and they’ll be happy to answer any questions that you might have. What’s more, Tesla takes its commitment to the environment very seriously. To that end, this shop is paperless, and it employs a range of ecologically-sound technologies.
The Tesla Store’s interactive devices are similar to the kinds that you’d find at a theme park or top-notch science museum. For instance, you can use touchscreens to learn about various vehicles, and at the Tesla Design Studio, you can utilize a special computer program to draft your own electric car. For most visitors, though, the highlight of this browsing experience is the chance to sit in the driver’s seat of one of Tesla’s masterpieces; the showroom’s Model S is especially alluring. Just be aware that to test drive one of those cars, you’ll need to reserve a time. Test driving sessions take place once every few months.
Even if you don’t discover a car that you’d like to purchase via the Internet, you can still find plenty of other attractive Tesla-related items at this store. The inventory includes shirts, mugs, blankets, beach towels, and even clothes for babies. As a final note, you might notice that there’s a station for charging Tesla cars inside the mall’s parking garage. That station will provide you with a unique photo opportunity.
- Tesla shows off Model S at new Scottsdale dealership (bizjournals phoenix)
- Tesla Model S Test Drive in Scottsdale (gm-volt)
- Tesla Shows off Model S at New Scottsdale Fashion Square Dealership (scottsdale chamber of commerce)