Tesla will soon be opening a temporary location in downtown Victoria, British Columbia as the automaker looks for a way to handle increasing demand in an area with the highest rate of electric vehicle (EV) adoption in North America.
The new location will be at 2204 Douglas Street, which is currently home to a used car dealership, Ina Motors. Ina Motors will be moving to Langford, allowing Tesla to take over the space ahead of their own purpose-built Service Center set to begin construction soon in Langford.
Drive Tesla first learned of the negotiations in January, and the deal was confirmed yesterday by Citified, a website that specializes in real estate on Vancouver Island.
The site features one small building and the lot is large enough to hold between 50-75 cars, which should finally allow Tesla to begin delivering new cars on Vancouver Island.
Currently anyone on Vancouver Island has to take a ferry to Vancouver to pick up their new car, a trip that can take up a full day.
As we first reported last year, Tesla is planning to build their own Service Center at 2371 Gate City Blvd in a new development in Langford. The construction job was put out to tender, but has seen delays due to a lack of companies available to complete the work.
However, Tesla is expected to formally announce the Langford location in the coming days.
Tesla currently operates out of Ferny’s Auto Body, kitty corner to Ina Motors. They also have a second service location one block away on Pembroke Street.