Tesla to open seven showrooms

Tesla Motors, the San Carlos-based electric car maker, said Friday it will open seven sales and service centers in upcoming weeks across the United States and Europe.

Stores in New York, Seattle and Chicago will open in late June, followed by Miami.

Tesla’s first European store will open in London later this month, followed by Munich and Monaco.

The new additions will complement Tesla’s flagship stores in Northern and Southern California, which opened a year ago.

Tesla said it is scouting locations in Washington, D.C., and Toronto.

Tesla is the only producer of highway-capable electric cars in North America or Europe.

“We are rethinking almost every aspect of the automobile – from the powertrain to the customer experience, both online and in our stores,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a statement.

Tesla’s Roadster sells for $109,000.

The company expects to introduce its second car, the Model S sedan, in late 2011. It is expected to sell for less than half the Roadster’s price.

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