The decision was surprised many of them including Tesla’s Fan. The announcement came after another round of layoffs at the electric automaker like affected some 7% of its workforce in January in a bid to cut costs following its production ramp for the Model 3.
Tesla did not respond to questions from Pixr8 News on how many stores will be closing.
“Shifting all sales online, combined with other ongoing cost efficiencies, will enable us to lower all vehicle prices by about 6% on average, allowing us to achieve the $35,000 Model 3 price point earlier than we expected,” the company said in a blog post.
“Over the next few months, we will be winding down many of our stores, with a small number of stores in high-traffic locations remaining as galleries, showcases and Tesla information centers. The important thing for customers in the United States to understand is that, with online sales, anyone in any state can quickly and easily buy a Tesla.”
On a conference call with reporters and analysts, Musk said, “We’re moving all sales online…Worldwide, the only way to buy a Tesla will be online”.