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Tesla opens showroom, service shop in Syosset

Tesla Motors, the maker of electric-powered luxury cars, plans to open a second Long Island showroom and its first local service shop Saturday in Syosset.

Located at 7 Aerial Way a short distance north of the LIE, the 13,000-square-foot building also has a quick charging station for Tesla owners.

The Palo Alto Calif.-based maker of the Model S electric sedan also operates company-owned stores at Roosevelt Field in Garden City, Manhattan, White Plains and at more than 50 other locations worldwide. Many, like Syosset but unlike Manhattan and Roosevelt Field, also have service centers attached. The company also operates a network of service-only centers, including those in Long Island City and in Mount Kisco in Westchester County.

Tesla senior regional sales manager Will Nicholas said there were no plans now for more stores on Long Island, "but if the market demands it, we'll certainly comply."

The aluminum-bodied four-door Model S begins at about $71,000 and is produced in a factory in Fremont, Calif., once owned by General Motors.

Tesla says the Model S has a range of 208 miles between recharges, about double that of most other electrics being sold to the public. An optional battery increases the range to 265. Another vehicle, the all-wheel drive four-door Model X intended for family transport, is due to go on sale later this year at prices not yet announced.

The company said earlier this month that it delivered 22,477 cars in 2013 and expects to deliver more than 35,000 this year. It also has announced plans to build a $5 billion factory somewhere in the nation's Southwest to make lithium ion batteries.

Not all of the news about Tesla has been positive, however, since the company started making cars in 2008. U.S. auto safety officials are investigating five fires in Tesla cars, the most recent Feb. 1 in Toronto.

Tesla shares, traded on the Nasdaq Market, closed yesterday at $244.81 down $7.73.

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