Tesla Motors to open in Menlo Park

Stanford University licenses Tesla Motors use of a 2.6 acre lot at 300 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, Calif.

Earlier this year, Tesla Motors said it would open five customer service centers when it launched its electric car later this year--in Northern California, Southern California, Chicago, New York and Florida. Now, the company has divulged the exact location of its shop in Northern California, in what's surely a nod to its headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Stanford University has licensed Tesla use of a 2.6 acre lot at 300 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, Calif., where the sports-car maker will open a showroom and service center for its $92,000 electric car down the street from a Lincoln Mercury dealer. In a sign of the changing times, the last lessee of Stanford's lot was Anderson Chevrolet, which closed in February.

"The location has great visibility with the types of people who are likely to consider buying a Tesla, and is also very well suited for our sales and service plans," Mike Harrigan, vice president of customer service for Tesla Motors, said in a statement.

The company said that the shop should be open for business "by the end of the year." Now it just has to ship its cars on time, too.

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