Less than a month after the Britain invasion, the Tesla store in New York City will officially open for business this coming Friday. If you want to get an early look at the new digs and maybe even get a Roadster test-drive, a little pre-opening celebratory action is happening on Thursday and the public is invited. Since the doors open at 10 AM and close at 4 PM we don't think it will be the same kind of party the California stores had but hey, the car's the star, no? Speaking of cars, the sweetly upgraded 2010 Roadster will be on hand as well as the Roadster Sport for your ogling pleasure. As for the store itself, we haven't seen pictures yet, but we suspect 511 W. 25th St. looks much improved since last the Google streetview cameras passed.

As the slogan goes, membership has its privileges and if you are one of those close to the Big Apple and are already a customer, your chance to see the new store and all its wares comes tonight. We'll let you stay anonymous if you happen to "accidentally" send us pics. For those of us who aren't customers but might want to be, check out the details of the new Bank of America financing deal in the press release after the break. While individual financing is dependent on the individual applying for the loan, the marquee numbers are: 5-year deal with $20,000 (before taxes and net of the U.S. federal tax credit) and a monthly payment of "approximately $1,700." Calculate all that out and you get roughly $122,000 plus taxes and interest.

That deal only applies to American residents, though, so any Brits out there seeking some sort of solace might take comfort in the fact that the electric performance car company has just signed up to full membership in the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and will now have a voice in the shaping of the future British market. If that's not solace enough, check out the video after the break of someone enjoying their Roadster on a track pursuing a couple Ekrad electric motorcycle prototypes.

[Source: Tesla / Tesla Motors Club]


Tesla announces Roadster financing by Bank of America

Qualified Roadster customers can get lower total monthly cost than comparable gasoline sports cars.

July 14, 2009

SAN CARLOS, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) - Tesla Motors announces Roadster financing in the United States by Bank of America, thus significantly expanding the number of customers who can experience the all-electric Roadster.

Bank of America financing makes the Tesla Roadster much more affordable. For example, a customer approved for a 5-year financing term on a base Roadster could put down as little as $20,000 before taxes and net of the US federal tax credit. The monthly payment would be approximately $1,700 at a 5 percent annual percentage rate (APR).

The actual APR of the loan will be dependent on individual customer credit and history, and neither Bank of America nor Tesla Motors can commit to an APR without a customer completing the loan application process.

That monthly payment is typical for high performance cars – but Roadster drivers will enjoy hundreds of dollars per month in savings unavailable to gas guzzlers. The Roadster, which gets an estimated 244 miles per charge, costs roughly $4 to refuel and does not require routine oil changes or exhaust system work. Unlike high-maintenance internal combustion engines, Teslas get a 100 percent waiver on sales, luxury and use taxes in at least four states, and they qualify for commuter lane privileges, free parking and free charging in many regions.

"This announcement will help advance EV adoption by allowing more Americans to experience the joy and convenience of owning a Tesla," said Tesla CEO and Product Architect Elon Musk . "And like our current customers, our new customers will never need to visit a gas station again."

Bank of America will directly finance, document and service Tesla vehicle loans for customers, providing a very easy online interface for these services. Financing is available for up to 75 percent of the total vehicle purchase price. All agreements and payments will be between the customer and Bank of America.

Financing is available to customers who meet Bank of America's underwriting criteria. Bank of America offers a competitive loan-to-value ratio, annual percentage rate and term.

Prospective customers may complete documents at Tesla showrooms or online, including electronic signature and customer verification. Tesla customer service staff can assist with the application in a showroom or by telephone.

Tesla has delivered more than 500 Roadsters so far. This month Tesla began delivering the 2010 model-year Roadster and the all-new Roadster Sport, an even higher-performance EV.

Tesla has showrooms in California and London . On Thursday, Tesla will open a regional sales and service center in New York. It's also opening stores in Chicago, Seattle, Miami , Washington DC , Toronto , Monaco and Munich .

This announcement affects U.S. Roadster customers only. Tesla plans to offer financing for the Model S sedan closer to the anticipated start of production in late 2011.

About Tesla

Based in California 's Silicon Valley , Tesla Motors designs and manufactures electric vehicles with exceptional design, performance and efficiency, while conforming to all safety, environmental and durability standards. The Roadster, which has a 0-to-60 mph acceleration of 3.9 seconds and a base price of $101,500 after a $7,500 US federal tax credit, is the only highway-capable production EV for sale in North America or Europe . Tesla will begin production of the all-electric Model S family sedan in late 2011. Tesla is taking reservations for the sedan, which has an anticipated base price of $49,900 after the tax credit.

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