Tesla Meets With Portuguese Government To Discuss Expansion Plans


Tesla Service Center

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Way back when, Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to pleas from Portugal to establish a stronger Tesla presence in the nation. Musk’s response was a simple “OK.”

Well, now it seems as though Musk and Tesla are coming through on that “OK” with some discussion underway in Portugal aimed at Tesla expansion.

As PushEVs states:

“…the Portuguese Secretary of State Assistant And of Environment, José Mendes and the Regional Manager, South EU – Charging Infrastructure of Tesla Motors, Douglas Alfaro are discussing further investments of the electric car company in Portugal.”

“The main topic will be the expansion of Tesla’s charging network, but it won’t be the only.”

Other topics include Tesla being encourage to build a Research and Development (R&D) center in Portugal, as well as a European Gigafactory at some later point in time.

Also on the docket is service centers in Portugal where current Tesla owners often driver some 700 miles to get their cars serviced right now.

It’s not clear if anything will come of these talks, but at least the discussions are moving forward.

Source: Push EVs

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Since the american “CORRUPT” Dealer network has a Monopoly Going in the USA …They might as well concentrate on other parts of the world where they are Welcomed .Imagine stopping JOBS in the “USA”..So that people Can Complain when They Go Overseas ..”USA” DEALERSHIPS HAVE QUITE AN UNLAWFUL One sided SCAM GOING ..UNBELIEVABLE @ any rate !!


I would think that R&D would be highly unlikely, and as they say a battery gigafactory would be years away at best. But it certainly would be in Tesla’s best interest to have a service center there. I would expect the service center to happen quickly.

If a R&D center was to find a California type climate equivalent in Europe, I guess the Algarve in the South of Portugal would be quiet a good candidate. It would sure help put a great mood on researchers to be at a walking distance of the scenery cliffs and have swordfish on the menu.

On a Gigafactory for batteries, Portugal just happens to be one of the rare places in Europe where local Lithium ore is produced. So the direct transformation into batteries on the spot would make sense. Lisbon also has a port where necessary goods can be bought in and out quiet easily.

Dakota Minerals Limited did some recent Lithium related aquisitions in Portugal:


For the service center, yes, that one doesn’t even bring a question mark. Sooner or later it will be opened.

Superchargers are already being planned, at least in Valamoura and Lisbon.

1,100km’s is along way to drive any car for a service.

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