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 |  Nov 10 2011, 2:00 PM

Telsa Motors is expanding its presence in North Amercia with three new retail locations.

The automaker is opening locations in Bellevue, WA, Chicago, IL, and Newport Beach, CA, in November that will showcase the new Model S, the world’s first electric premium sedan.

The first location in Bellevue opened this past weekend, with the Chicago store opening on November 12 and the Newport Beach store on November 18. All three of these locations already have service stations open for business. These retail stores will also feature hands-on exhibits, interactive touch-screen experiences, and a design center where customers can customize their own Model S.

“Tesla is reinventing the way people buy cars, with stores designed to engage and inform prospective customers,” said Tesla CEO and Co-founder Elon Musk. “Located in high foot-traffic locations, Tesla stores are designed to introduce people to Tesla’s advanced electric car technology and show the benefits of driving electric. Tesla stores lay the groundwork for the distribution of Model S today and increasingly affordable electric vehicles tomorrow.”