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Tesla opens pop-up showroom in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates

Tesla opens pop-up showroom in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates

The showroom will provide information about the company’s new Model 3

Electric vehicle company Tesla has opened a temporary showroom in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates as it looks to grow its presence in the regional market.

The 220 square metre showroom will be open until February 2019 and will display Model S and Model X, and also provide information about the company’s new Model 3, which is due to arrive within the first half of 2019.

The Model 3 is Tesla’s more affordable car with a starting price of around $35,000 (Dhs128,000) and is expected to be a big competitor to petrol equivalents such as the Lexus IS and Mercedes C-Class.

It is also projected as “being the safest car ever made”, according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tesla opened its first Middle East showroom in Dubai last year.

Read: Tesla launches Model S, X in UAE, to open new Abu Dhabi store

The company sells both its Model S and Model X vehicles in the country, priced from Dhs275,000 and Dhs344,000 respectively.

It also signed a deal with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority to sell 200 electric vehicles, with 50 cars added to the limo fleet of the Dubai Taxi Corporation in September last year.

Read: Dubai adds 50 Tesla electric vehicles to taxi fleet

Tesla’s expansion in the UAE comes even as the country – and Dubai specifically – is looking to shift towards greener technologies.

In October, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced the installation of 100 additional electric vehicle charging stations across the city, bringing the total number across the emirate to 200.

They come under a series of EV incentives announced in September 2017 including fee waivers and designated parking spaces.

Read more: DEWA installs 100 more electric vehicle charging stations across Dubai

The Dubai government has also said at least 10 per cent of vehicles purchased by departments will be electric or hybrid from 2016 to 2020.

It is hoped that the proportion of electric or hybrid cars in Dubai will increase to 2 per cent by 2020 and 10 per cent by 2030.

Read: Dubai introduces free charging, fee wavers for electric vehicles

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