Ford is closing its factory in Belgium. Maybe a nice opportunity for Tesla for expansion? I would love to see a model S/X/? factory in Europe :)
Could be, but this Fremont factory (former NUMMI factory) is more than enough to satisfy demand for now. It still feels odd that Tesla got that factory that cheap. It is huge place, at it's peak it produced nearly thousand cars per day.
Tesla is still using only a small fraction of the whole facility.
I think Toyota was grateful as hell to get anything for it. Who was going to buy an auto factory in business-toxic California? It swapped a white elephant dead loss for shares in a longshot company. That bet will pay off, as it happens, and Toyota will be damn happy it did.
It seems Ford is also shutting down their plant in Eastleigh in the UK too. Silly thought but if Telsa build their European cars in Europe don't they benefit i.e. I was thinking of things like subsidies, EIB loans, no tariffs, no need to transport over the pond (Atlantic Ocean) etc.
The BBC report says Ford will shut the factory in July 2013 - Good timing for Tesla and just in time for the Model S ?
Impossible. Elon couldn't commute to do the final QC in CA and UK both. ;)
Pity they stopped Concord - may be Richard Branson could help - or Elon could use a webcam instead ;-)
Forget Branson, maybe Elon could get access to a (slightly) modified SpaceX rocket for commuting and real hands on QC.
Elon's SpaceX shuttles are pretty quick, aint they..;-)
rmitchum, ah.. didnt see your reply..;-)
But it would be fun though, if Model S and X reservations increase enough that TM might consider buying the Ford factory.:-D
If anything they could buy production tools and machinery at interesting prices like they did for the Model S production line.
Fortega, I was thinking the same thing.
Everything is there, and it is an innovative region.
And perhaps it will get us quicker to new car developments...
Well, absolutely. Its a wonderful chance for Tesla when his biggest competitor if absent. They must make best use of time and should set up a base at a nice place.
Change management training
Manufacturing in EU is like starting a race standing in a meter-deep hole.