Toronto's upscale Yorkdale Shopping Centre is undertaking a 13,500 square-metre retail expansion that will house 30 new stores when it opens for business on November 15, 2012.
One of those stores will be Tesla's first Canadian retail outlet.
Tesla, the California-based electric-vehicle (EV) maker that has changed the image of EVs with its $100,000-plus electric sports car, has just released its first mainstreram vehicle – the Model S sedan.
The first production Model S was delivered this week. (Watch video.)
While it is more moderately priced than the iconic Tesla Roadster, the Model S is no economy car. For initial production models, U.S. prices range from $69,900 to $97,900 (after a U.S. Federal Tax Credit of $7,500), although a $49,900 (US) model is promised during winter 2012.
It's a true luxury car – a fastback four-door sedan with a hatch, beneath which is a pop-up, rear-facing third-row seat for two, just like in station wagons of yore.
Initially, all Model S vehicles will be equipped with an 85 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and either a 270 kW (362 hp) or 310 kW 9416 hp) electric motor. The former is said to accelerate the Model S from 0-to-96 km/h (60 mph) in 5.6 seconds and the latter in 4.4 seconds.
Tesla estimates the range for both to be about 480 km at 90 km/h – much further than any other EV on the market.
The lower-priced variants promised for this fall and winter will be available with either 45-kWh or 60-kWh battery packs. Expect them to have commensurately reduced performance and range.
Very stylish and luxuriously finished and trimmed, the Model S will be right at home in its Yorkdale store, surrounded by outlets for such other fashionable brands as Ted Baker London, kate spade new york, Ann Taylor and LOFT.
Yorkdale positions itself as as the country’s leading fashion shopping destination, with such other upscale stores as Diesel, Wilfred Boutique, the North Face, an exclusive Rolex, Holt Renfrew, Lacoste and Club Monaco.
The retail expansion in November will also add a new valet area and 800 underground parking spaces to Yorkdale for a total of 7,400 parking spaces in addition to TTC access.
As a part of the expansion, Yorkdale will feature the same sustainable technologies that are implemented in the existing shopping centre including a green roof, which will make Yorkdale eligible for silver certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).