Tesla Eyes UK Site For Research And Development Facility


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“Tesla is seriously considering opening a research and development centre in the UK next year,” states Autocar who says that these details were revealed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk:

“It’s probable that we will establish a center to supplement the work that we do in California, but if we want to attract the top talent we can’t just be modifying cars for Europe, it has to be complete programs.”

“It seems a sensible thing to do considering the talents in British engineering. The best people are going to want to join.”

This center, says Musk, will create hundreds of jobs.

Tesla currently has a final assembly facility in Europe located in Tilburg, Netherlands.  The proposed UK site will not be a factory, but rather just a research and development center:

“We will look strongly at a factory in the UK if the market justifies it. But if we do full production in Europe it’s more likely to be on the continent. We already have a final assembly plant in the Netherlands.”

Eventually, as sales grow,  Tesla will need a production facilities in both Europe and Asia.  This will help with logistics and will drive down costs abroad.  For now, Tesla’s sole factory in Fremont, California isn’t maxed out in terms of production, but maxing the site will be an issue with the Model III arrives.  By then, expect Tesla to have two or more production facilities, only one of which will be located outside in the U.S.

Source: Autocar

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8 responses to "Tesla Eyes UK Site For Research And Development Facility"
  1. DaveMart says:

    The UK is at the heart of Formula One racing technology, and the racing motor industry in general.

    This should give Tesla access to some of the most advanced vehicle lightweighting etc technology there is.

    It should be a productive location for vehicle R & D.

  2. If they plan to sell a bunch in the east, I would make another production and/or engineering facility somewhere there, too.

    Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan…

    1. kdawg says:

      Musk has said there is no doubt there will be a manufacturing facility in China.

  3. ffbj says:

    Yes, the automotive engineering talent pool in
    England is very deep.

    1. Priusmaniac says:

      Germany, Sweden or France yes, perhaps even Italy but England? Car are not really their strong point, or else any place in Europe is.

      1. DaveMart says:

        Its the technology, not the manufacturing, and for cutting edge racing etc.

        Most of the major manufacturers in Europe are involved in that cluster of expertise, with names such as Lotus and McLaren doing a lot of projects for the big manufacturers.

        Don’t forget that Western Europe is not very big, so German and Italian manufacturers can easily get over there and back!

        Formula E is based at Donnington, for instance.

  4. Alonso Perez says:

    “just” a research and development site?

    That’s the best kind of site of all. Highest paid jobs of any in an automaker’s product pipeline.

  5. Priusmaniac says:

    The Algarve in the south of Portugal is a nice place to put a development center because, because it becoming like a European California, especially Villamoura. It is also a great place for photovoltaics.