Tesla to open its first Upstate New York sales showroom in deal with Oneida Indian Nation

Canastota, N.Y. (June 6, 2023) — Tesla, the world’s largest maker of electric vehicles, plans to open a sales and delivery outlet with service and expanded charging locations just off the New York State Thruway in Madison County.

The 25,000-square-foot showroom is planned for a tract of Oneida Indian Nation-owned land across from the International Boxing Hall of Fame at Thruway Exit 34 near Canastota. It would be Tesla’s first direct sales outlet in the state outside the New York City area and is expected to open in 2025.

But you won’t have to wait that long to find Tesla nearby.

Starting in a week or so, Tesla will provide test drives and offer delivery of pre-ordered electric vehicles at the Oneidas’ Turning Stone Resort Casino off Thruway Exit 33 in Verona. Tesla will maintain offices at Turning Stone for delivery processing and registration. Delivery will be available on the top floor of the casino’s parking garage. That will continue during construction of the new showroom.

The partnership between Tesla and the Oneidas offers a legal work-around to existing state rules that have prevented Tesla from expanding sales into Upstate New York.

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