Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric vehicle brand will "probably" open its first dealership in South Africa towards the end of 2019.

Riccardo Spagni of Plettenberg Bay used Twitter to ask the SA-born Musk when the brand’s first store would be opened in South Africa.

The 47-year-old Musk’s reply? "Probably end of next year”.

Spagni’s initial question was in response to a Tesla tweet announcing the opening of eleven new dealerships in the United States.

Tesla’s model range currently includes the compact executive Model 3 sedan, the large Model S sedan and the Model X crossover, while a fresh, high-performance Roadster is on the way (along with a bakkie and possibly a smaller SUV). The firm furthermore offers solar panels and the so-called "Powerwall" home battery system.

Interestingly, in September 2016, the South African government urged Elon Musk’s Tesla to “explore the possibility” of manufacturing products in South Africa.