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Regional leaders in the northeast of the UK called on Elon Musk to build a factory in Teesside, saying that work could begin as early as February, and Tesla will not face any delays or obstacles in construction.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and Hartlepool Council leader Shane Moore approached Tesla's founder with a proposal to build a state-of-the-art EV factory in Teesside, saying construction will not face the delays as in Germany. Moore said there are hundreds of acres of building land in the region, and construction of the facility could begin as early as February 2021, according to The Northern Echo.
Regional leaders said they are reaching out to Musk because Tesla is once again facing unexpected delays in Germany. Last week, the company received permission to clear additional industrial forest in connection with the necessary expansion of the site for further construction, however, after objections from some environmental organizations, the court suspended the cutting.
“Site preparation work for Tesla’s first European manufacturing plant in Germany has already been halted twice due to legal challenges from environmental campaigners and it is not hard to see more challenges if the future which would inevitably put back the start of construction and production.”
Houchen said that Tesla would not have any of these problems at Teesside. The region has land and a highly skilled workforce for the production of cars and batteries.
“When it comes to the skills needed to build an electric car and associated battery factory there is no better workforce than what is available here in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. We have the automotive experience; we are leaders in clean energy, and we lead the world in chemicals and precision manufacturing.”
As an example of the rapid approval of large construction projects, Houchen pointed to the fact that local authorities were able to secure planning for 4.5 million sq ft of manufacturing space—the largest planning application in the north of England—in just four months without a single objection.
"Tesla would not have any of those problems here, we have the land and we have a highly-skilled workforce both for car manufacturing and the battery plant."
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.