Tesla Motors Showroom to Open in Sandyford, South Dublin
Tesla Motors has just been given planning permission for its first Irish sales outlet and showroom in South Dublin.
Tesla Motors is to convert an industrial unit in Sandyford Industrial Estate into its flagship Irish premises.
The new Tesla store will have a showroom area, sales offices and also a repair centre.
The electric car company is also planning to install supercharger stations in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast which will allow Tesla car owners to charge their cars for free.
The planning application was lodged with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co Council and the company faced no opposition.
Sandyford was picked due to its strategic location for planning it is a hub for motor groups.
The new electric car showroom will be situated close to the M50 motorway and the Beacon South Quarter.
A Tesla Model S, which will cost Irish drivers from €81,086, can travel up to 270km on a 30-minute charge. The Model X SUV is priced from €110,042 in Ireland.
The premium electric car manufacturer has a market valuation of $45.77bn which is $2bn higher than the current market value of Ford Motors at $45bn capitalisation.
The Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA) warned last year that one in five cars sold in Ireland will need to be electric by 2020 if Ireland is to hit its renewable energy targets and avoid fines of up to €130m.
It will be a huge hill to climb to get Irish motorists into electric vehicles as in 2015, electric cars made up just 0.23pc of new car sales, with 562 vehicles sold. This figure will need to hit 50,000 by 2020.
Tesla will be starting production on its highly-anticipated Model 3 in July. The starting price for the Model 3 is $35,000 (€32.899) before government incentives.