Tesla Planning to Open ‘Tesla Centers’ to Get Around Dealership Restrictions
Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, a report by Electrek is claiming that Tesla is planning to open ‘Tesla Centers,’ a new type of retail location aimed at getting around dealership restrictions and increasing deliveries.
Despite the demand, the electric car maker came up short on its attempt to deliver 100,000 cars in the previous quarter due to logistical problems and didn’t have enough cars in the right markets to achieve the goal.
According to the sources, the company ended up delivering 97,000 cars worldwide even though it still had about 3,000 cars in inventory in the U.S. at the end of the quarter. As a result, Tesla is now taking steps to improve its delivery time and flow of vehicles:
Now sources familiar with the matter told Electrek that Tesla communicated to employees that they are planning to open new ‘Tesla Centers’ in most major metro areas.
Tesla’s US sales and delivery operations are slowed down due to regulations prohibiting direct sales by automakers in some states and old “Blue laws” in others that don’t allow car dealer operations on Sundays.
By focusing on the sale of “energy” at these ‘Tesla Centers’, Tesla believes that it could get around those restrictions and significantly increase its overall delivery capacity and efficiency.
The report notes that Tesla will have large new locations that will operate sales, service, and delivery 7 days a week. The company is expected to start implementing the new strategy in the fourth quarter.