Tesla Plans to Open Its First Dealership in Virginia at Tysons Location
May 30, 2014
Tesla Motors, the high-end electric car maker, plans to open a dealership in Tysons, making it the first in Virginia.
The county received a zoning propsoal for a sales and service location at 8500 Tyco Road, which is about a quarter mile from the Spring Hill Metro Station. While the Tesla currently has a showroom in Tysons Corner Center, the company can’t sell cars from there.
The automaker intends to transform an empty, approximately 90,000-square foot warehouse into a sleek sales center. The application calls for the space to be rezoned from industrial to commercial space, allowing for a dealership. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors must approve this zoning action, although no date has been set yet.
The green automaker has faced challenges nationwide in its efforts to sell cars directly to consumers. In Virginia, state laws prohibit car manufacturers from being dealers. Last fall, however, Tesla reached a legal agreement with state regulatory agencies to allow a dealership.
Electric vehicle charging stations are featured in most of the new, urban-style developments approved for Tysons. For example, Spring Hill, the development closest to Tesla’s proposed dealership, incorporates at least one EV recharging station at each parking garage.
Tesla also has two supercharging stations in Virginia—one that was installed this year at Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge and another in Glen Allen. These stations allow its Model S derivers to recharge for free.
Under Fairfax County’s transformation plan, Tysons will become Fairfax’s “downtown.” As a green, walkable, urban center, Tysons will be home to up to 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs by 2050.