On Wednesday, Tesla's CEO paid a visit to the United Kingdom, with the possible goal of considering a site for a new factory or research and development center.
In recent days, European media have hinted several times that Tesla is looking for a place for its new Gigafactory in UK. According to reports, the British government is looking for an industrial site for a California automaker. The UK's Department for International Trade (DIT) was preparing to search for an area of 4 million-square-foot to build an R&D and manufacturing plant for Tesla.
"The government is working with industry to help make the UK the location of choice to develop world-class electric technologies. DIT is working closely with partners to scope out sites for new investment into electric vehicle research, development, and manufacturing across the UK, "said a DIT spokesperson to Property Week - a magazine that reports commercial and residential property market news in the UK. Property Week reported the space was for a Tesla Gigafactory.
According to the report, the 650-acre Gravity industrial park in Somerset in southwestern England is being considered as a possible site for a Tesla factory.
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Tesla is currently experiencing a massive expansion in Europe with its first full-fledged Giga Berlin plant and a new R&D center in Berlin.
According to Tesla's CEO Elon Musk, before Tesla chose Germany as a location for the factory, the company considered UK. At that time, this decision seemed too risky, Musk said that Tesla considers the country as a possible place, but considers it too risky due to the termination of UK membership in the European Union and the procedure associated with it (Brexit). But lately, the situation could change.
On Wednesday, at 12:19 pm local time (7:19 am ET), Musk's private jet landed at Luton Airport. At the moment, the purpose of this visit is not exactly known, but in the light of recent events, this is possible in order to consider the sites for the future location of Tesla in the country.
In early May, Tesla submitted a document to the relevant authorities in order to become an energy supplier in the UK. Musk previously stated that Tesla Energy could be as large or even larger than the car sector of the company, so perhaps the company is looking for a location in the UK to develop in this direction.
Musk may have landed in London for some business in the UK before attending the groundbreaking ceremony at Giga Berlin.
We also reported on May 29th :
Tesla Gigafactory UK Hinted By Local Government's Search For Industrial Space
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