It's been little more than a month since Tesla Motors opened its store in München and now comes word that its next location will be swinging open its doors for a "cocktail reception" on Friday. It seems, however, that this outpost in Boulder, Colorado will be somewhat different from its regular retail operations. According to their building permit it will be an "electric automotive demonstration gallery" for technology that includes batteries and chargers. It will also be temporary. The land at 915 Pearl St. was purchased by developers last year and should eventually be occupied by a fancy Italian restaurant with luxury condos on top, but that plan is currently "behind schedule" so, for a while at least, it will be Tesla's Centennial State squat.
The big question is, of course, whether there are more permanent plans for the automaker in the city. Colorado has, until the end of 2009 at least, a very generous tax rebate for electric cars and the city of Boulder boasts the country's first "Smart Grid". Tesla Motors also has family ties in the area. Kimbal Musk, board member and brother of CEO Elon, has a restaurant (that supposedly serves a mean lamburger) just a few blocks away. Considering they reportedly spent almost $148,000 on the renovations, this gallery should be open for a while.
For those of you curious about what kind of scene to expect at the opening party, Tesla now has a post on their company blog about the recent München affair. Apparently it was attended by nearly 400 people who mingled and admired a small bevy of battery-powered Roadsters. Of course, in Colorado there won't be many people saying "ja, es ist schnell" and Kimbal's yellow Founder's Series number five will likely be parked out front. To get a taste for yourselves, hit the jump for a bit of video.