Ireland's first Tesla store set to open in 2017

Four supercharging stations also coming...

Ireland's first Tesla store set to open in 2017

Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk | Photo: PA Images

Tesla Motors is set to open its first store in Ireland next year, as well as roll out supercharging stations across the island.

The Irish Times reports that the store is likely to be located in Dublin, with four stations set up in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast, allowing fast and free recharging for owners of Tesla's electric cars.

Plugging into one of the stations for 30 minutes will power a Tesla for a range of over 270km. Its current fleet can travel up to 613km when fully charged.

Tesla Motors' director of Nordic sales, Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen, told the Irish Times the store's opening "will happen simultaneously with the introduction of the superchargers" and that the entry of Elon Musk's company into the Irish market was "pretty far into the process".

In other Tesla news, the Californian electric car maker confirmed on Sunday that it plans to start working with Japanese tech giant Panasonic on photovoltaic cell and module production in Buffalo, New York.

Both parties have entered into a "non-binding letter of intent".

In a blog, Tesla stated:

"The parties intend for Panasonic to begin PV cell and module production at the Buffalo facility in 2017. Tesla intends to provide a long-term purchase commitment for those cells from Panasonic.

"The collaboration extends the established relationship between Tesla and Panasonic, which includes the production of electric vehicle and grid storage battery cells at Tesla’s Gigafactory."

JB Straubel, Chief Technical Officer and Co-founder of Tesla, said:

"We are excited to expand our partnership with Panasonic as we move towards a combined Tesla and SolarCity.

"By working together on solar, we will be able to accelerate production of high-efficiency, extremely reliable solar cells and modules at the best cost."

The company was also set to announce a new product today, but that has now been moved to Wednesday, with Musk stating on Twitter that it "needs a few more days of refinement".