Tesla CEO Elon Musk was in Dubai, Monday, for the official launch of the Tesla Model S and Model X in the UAE through its design studio website dedicated to UAE customers. Customers can now visit the website and customize their choices and place orders online.
A pop-up store in The Dubai Mall, the Tesla Ranger service, will support the Tesla UAE module along with a service center under construction on Sheikh Zayed Road expected to be ready for operations in July. Another store and a service center in Abu Dhabi, next year, are on the cards as well, according to Tesla. Delivery of the first orders is expected in summer this year.
Model S is priced at $74,872 (AED 275,000) and upwards while Model X starts from $93,659 (AED 344,000). Tesla models running on UAE roads as of now have been imported by ardent Tesla fans.
There are already 26 destination charger stations in the UAE mostly at hotels and shopping centers with 50 more in the pipeline, expected to be operational by the end of this year.
Model S, a full sized five-door electric car with a lift hatch, was introduced in June 2012. It is powered by a front and a rear motor with a combined output of 568 kW. The model has the distinction of being rated as the top selling plug-in electric car in the United States consecutively in 2015 and 2016.
Model X is a full-sized luxury and all-electric crossover SUV with falcon-wing rear doors. It has been developed on the Model S sedan platform – hence, the crossover status. Launched in 2015, it has a 193 kW front motor and a 375 kW motor in the rear.
Watch the video here to know more about it.
Tesla held a press conference at the World Government Summit 2017 to launch the two online-available models where Tesla chief Elon Musk also spoke about his vision for the future.
“I hope we are out there on Mars – and maybe beyond Mars, maybe to Jupiter…. I hope we are traveling frequently throughout the solar system, perhaps preparing for missions to nearby star systems. I think all of this is possible within fifty years.
“I think we’ll see autonomy and artificial intelligence advance tremendously. My guess is in probably ten years it will be very unusual for cars to be built that are not fully autonomous.”
Here’s a video of the summit including Musk’s interview:
Elon Musk also met with the chief executive and managing director of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, as Dubai readies to expand its network of charging stations for electric vehicles and Musk’s expertise in the area can come in handy.
UAE being a relatively small country should not pose any problems for Tesla in so far as setting up an efficient infrastructure is concerned. Small it may be but it is home to some of the wealthiest people and Tesla should be able to capture a good chunk of the car market in the country before long.