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Okay, that’s not what it looks like. That, at right, is a SpaceX Dragon, one of the first commercial space flight vehicles. It’s in town for the Federal Aviation Administration Forecast conference, which just happened to coincide with the grand opening of Tesla Motors’ showroom at 1050 K Street NW. Since SpaceX and Tesla share a CEO, Elon Musk, it seemed like a natural idea to have the Dragon make an appearance.
The retail space itself is pretty simple. Four cars there at any one time, two on the floor for test drives, and two making the rounds to potential buyers. There aren’t any other vehicle showrooms in downtown D.C., but this isn’t your average Chevy dealer; the salesfolk promise that they’re more than happy to use the demonstration cars to teach passersby about electric vehicle technology. And apparently, despite the Roadster‘s $101,500 price tag, people do buy these things off the shelf.
Starting tomorrow, the Tesla owners in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia will also be able to get their cars serviced in the building’s garage—although mechanics are also willing to make housecalls. It’s the future!