Tesla to set up its Spain headquarters in Barcelona

Pioneering electric car maker will sell imported vehicles at dealership in Catalonia

The seven-seater Tesla Model X.
The seven-seater Tesla Model X.BENOIT TESSIER (REUTERS)

Tesla, a leader in electric-powered vehicles, is to set up its Spanish headquarters in Barcelona, according to official documents.

The Spanish subsidiary of the firm founded by Elon Musk has been registered with initial capital of €3,000, while Tesla International BV is the only partner in the venture, the Spanish government’s business register states.

The announcement comes after the firm  advertised jobs on its UK website in October, pointing to the opening of maintenance centers at some point in the future in Madrid and Barcelona.

The company said it was looking for personnel able to install so-called superchargers throughout Spain’s two main cities. While Tesla cars can make use of conventional charging points, these superchargers allow Tesla owners to recharge the batteries of their vehicles more quickly and efficiently.

Six such superchargers are already available in Spain: in Valencia, Tarragona, Girona, Lleida, Murcia and on the N-340 road near the Ebro Delta.

There are already six Tesla superchargers in Spain, allowing for the rapid recharging of vehicles

Tesla also said in October it was also looking for sales advisors, marketing staff and product specialists able to demonstrate and explain vehicles to potential customers.

In Europe, Tesla has so far focused on Scandinavia, letting it be known that it still has problems with Spain’s regulatory framework regarding setting up recharging points.

In May, the firm announced the launch of the Tesla 3, a mid-range sedan selling from $35,000 and able to travel up to 400 kilometers on a single charge,

For the moment, Tesla has just two vehicles; the five-seater Model S and the seven-seater Model X. Prices for the Model S range from €64,000 to €127,00 while the cost of the Model X ranges from €83,000 to €128,000.

English version by George Mills.

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