Tesla opens new showroom south of downtown Seattle near The Shop, a hangout for car geeks

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Tesla is opening a new showroom and service center south of downtown Seattle, marking the seventh location in the region for the electric vehicle maker.

The new location is at 2200 6th Ave. S., on the corner of South Walker Street in the city’s SoDo area, not far from Lumen Field and T-Mobile Park. A post on Tesla’s website says there will be a big opening event August 20-21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with “test drives, light snacks and more.”

Those checking out Tesla models will be right across the street from another place for car geeks. The Shop, the company with space to store and tinker with all kinds of cars and motorcycles, is located at 2233 6th Ave. S. Vision technology veteran Matt Bell opened in 2017 and is home to a restaurant called Derby.

Tesla’s other Seattle showrooms can be found on Westlake Avenue North in the South Lake Union neighborhood and at the University Village Mall. There are also locations in Bellevue, Washington, Renton, and Lynnwood.

Tesla recently apologized for the delays in delivery of its Model S, according to a report released Wednesday by InsideEVs, which questioned whether those who paid a recent price hike on the vehicle took delivery faster than those who did. have not.

Silicon Valley-based Lucid, maker of a premium luxury electric vehicle, is also setting up a Seattle studio at University Village in a location that was once a Microsoft Store. The place is currently undergoing renovations and an opening in the fall is planned.

Electric truck maker Rivian is also coming to the area, with a showroom in Seattle and a service center in Bellevue, Wash.