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Tesla Motors opens European showroom in London

Tesla RoadsterAll-electric Tesla Roadster is one of the most interesting and widely discussed little sports cars in production.

This little electric car accelerates from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and has a 244 mile (392 km) range per charge.

At the time when most automakers are cutting production and showrooms, Tesla is the one expanding.

Yesterday this California based company opened its European flagship store in the heart of London. This 5,000 square-foot showroom is just the start for their international expansion.

In the near future Tesla will open regional sales and service centers in Monaco, Munich and Zurich. Four new stores will be opened in the United States.

So far Tesla has received 1,300 orders from across Europe. First 250 Signature Edition Roadsters will be delivered this summer. Price in Europe is £94,000 ($155,109), for comparison base price in United States is $101.500.

As demand for the Roadster is quite high and Tesla has problems making enough cars, it is very likely that Tesla will be preferring European orders to make more money.

A right hand drive entry-level variant of the two-seater sportscar will be on sale in the UK during the first quarter of 2010.

Tesla sales centers are also taking reservations for the all-electric Model S sedan, which Tesla expects to produce starting in late 2011.

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