Now you can add electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] to the list, and one of its popular Tesla Stores, meaning you can now visit a Tesla Store from your living room.
Enter Tesla’s Westlake store in Seattle, which has been photographed inside and out by Google to become one of the latest virtual tours added to Google’s massive Google Map project.
Located on Westlake Avenue North just south of Lake Union, entering the Tesla Westlake Store from within Google Maps or Google Earth not only gives you a full virtual tour of the building itself but even lets you get up and close with the cars too.
And when we say up close and personal, we don’t just mean admiring them from outside: head to the red Tesla Model S parked in the front of the store, and you’ll be able to view it from the inside, peek under the frunk, or even peer out from the trunk.
There’s even a nice set of close-up images of the Tesla Model S chassis you’ll find in every Tesla Store worldwide, giving a chance to see what makes the Model S tick.
Of course, visiting a real Tesla Store is always going to be better than the virtual tour, but for those of you who live in a part of the world where Tesla has yet to launch any retail stores — or you happen to live just too far from a Tesla Store to make a day-trip worthwhile — the virtual tour of the Westlake store can give you a taste of the real thing.
What you won’t get of course, is the friendly sales staff on hand to answer any questions you might have, or a way to configure your own Model S. Then again, if you’re on a computer, both needs can be met by heading over to Tesla’s main website after you’ve taken the tour for yourself.
Take a look at the tour for yourself by visiting Google Maps, and let us know what you think. Have you visited the real Westlake store in Seattle? Is it a fair representation?
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