Tesla Is Officially Available In The UAE!

According to the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, zero-emission vehicles will hit the streets of the UAE by the summer. The launch of the UAE’s dedicated online platform is supported by a pop-up store at The Dubai Mall and the opening of a service centre near the second interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road in July. Tesla will also open a store and service centre in Abu Dhabi next year.
The electric car company said it will begin taking orders for the Model S and Model X, with deliveries of the vehicles expected in the summer. Fans and buyers can look forward to enjoying two superchargers with five more to follow by the end of the year. This technology allows Tesla owners to charge their cars in minutes rather than hours. Tesla also said that they will build 26 destination chargers across the UAE, in places such as hotels and shopping centres. It also plans to add 50 more by the end of the year.
Elon Musk admitted that it is indeed a big challenge for Tesla to convince people to shift to driving electric cars but he also noted that petrol price has risen in the last two year. He countered that the cost to fill up a sedan car with petrol is roughly Dh91.50 but to charge an electric car will be priced at around Dh36.60 with no additional expense for an oil change, so the end result will be lower maintenance cost for the owner.

Musk assured the safety of his Tesla cars, saying that they have been tested under extreme weather conditions. “We’ve done hot-weather testing in Death Valley, California, regarded as the hottest place on Earth,” he noted. Musk said that Tesla’s cell battery can still work even under 67°C heat but he also admitted that humidity, like during summer in the UAE, can reduce the battery performance by as much as 10-15%.
Previously, customers in the UAE wanting a Tesla would have had to import one. Prices start from Dh 275,000 for Model S (sedan) and Dh 344,000 for Model X (SUV). Model S, which can run up to 632 km on a single charge, is designed as an all-electric powertrain and can accelerate from zero to 100 kph in just 2.7 seconds while the sevenseater Model X has a range of 565 km on a single charge and can go from zero to 100 kph in 3.1 seconds.

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