"If this is the future, I'm not that worried." Jay Leno (after driving a Tesla)
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GB said the amount of service centers would double today's count by the end of the year and he excitedly said they have not even started.
He described four levels of service centers. The top version being bigger than any built now.
He also said he has the advantage of knowing where every single customer is. I guess Nissan had that same info with online Leaf orders too.
This is all guesswork on my part. Level one sounded small like a single car garage? Maybe a storage unit in a town that holds Tesla specialized tools and a selection of parts. Maybe it even stores the Ranger truck. Then when a Ranger flys out to this remote location. He opens the unit and goes to the owner's home or they meet at the site of at a partnership repair bay.
Maybe a single large service center in a major area would handle a lot of surrouding communities. In a major area like LA there will be a Auto mall consisting of 5 to 10 make dealerships every 20 to 40 miles. Tesla may opt for one giant facility in a place like LA to bring Teslas for service. Makes sense for a small maker to not spread thin too early.
I'd really like to see a service center within Roadster distance of me. In town would be best (Spokane is the biggest city within its own Roadster range radius). But I'd be willing to drive a couple of hundred miles if I had to, and stay overnight if they returned the car to me in the morning with a full charge for the return trip.
If Toyota technicians are going to be trained on Tesla powertrains for the RAV4EV.......
Strategic service partnership?
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