A new report from Electrek says Tesla plans to launch a massive campaign to increase the number of service centers available to homeowners around the world. The electric automaker will aim to open at least one per week in 2021, giving Tesla around 52 new locations over the next calendar year.
The move could respond to CEO Elon Musk’s admission that the company had an oversight in the importance of service coverage. Instead of focusing on the need to repair and work on the company’s cars, Tesla worked on ramping up production and increasing demand, both of which were called by the company at in recent quarters.
The announcement of new service locations is not much of a surprise given that Automobile President Jerome Guillen has posted on LinkedIn multiple times, stating that Tesla is looking for new buildings that would be suitable for the service. Not only is office space required, but a garage or warehouse that can house multiple auto service bays is also required for a property to be considered “suitable”.The push isn’t just happening in Tesla’s home country, the United States, however. The company has opened several new locations around the world, including in China, as Giga Shanghai continues to increase production rates amid improving demand. Germany has also received its largest sales and service center as Giga Berlin works on its first production runs, which are scheduled for 2021.
Tesla opens Germany’s largest sales and service center
Teslarati recently reported that Tesla ultimately purchased a building in Puerto Rico for its first service center in the territory.
As demand across the world for Tesla’s electric vehicles continues to grow, it is evident that the company needs more locations to work on its cars. Coming out of its best quarter as a company in its rich, short history, Tesla is gearing up for a major shift in passenger transportation. As the electric vehicle market continues to expand, Tesla is preparing by building more factories, increasing production rates through manufacturing techniques, and building more service centers. With over a million cars on the road, service centers are an imperative part of the car buying experience, and Tesla is already gearing up for the next million cars.