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Tesla Motors may open dealership in Newport Beach

The move would mark the electric sports car maker's first O.C. location.

By Kristen SchottPublished: February 25, 2010 11:42 AM

Courtesy of Tesla Motors
Electric sports car maker Tesla Motors is reportedly planning to open a dealership in Newport Beach.

This would be the first Orange County location for the San Carlos-based firm – but the region is no stranger to green car manufacturers. Fisker Automotive – the maker of the nearly $90,000 plug-in hybrid Karma sedan – is based in Irvine.
 
Tesla Motors is expected to take over the former Newport European dealership in the Mariner's Mile district, according to media reports. The facility was vacated by Rolls-Royce two years ago.

Tesla has delivered about 1,000 of its Roadsters to customers throughout North America and Europe. The automaker's fully electric auto gets 236 miles per charge and can go from zero to 60 in about 4 seconds. It retails for about $100,000.

Tesla has 11 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, including L.A. and San Diego facilities.

There's no word yet on when the dealership will open, though Newport Beach could consider plans in coming weeks, according to reports.

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