Tesla has opened its first factory in Europe and this new plant is situated in Tilburg in the Netherlands. This is the first European factory plant for the U.S based electric car manufacturers, Tesla Motors. The new factory in the Dutch land was opened by Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk. Tesla hopes that this is the start of many other factories in Europe in the near future. With this factory, Tesla is looking to grab a good share of the European car market for its luxury electrical cars.
The new Tesla facility in Europe is laid over a land area of 77,648 square meters in the south of the Netherlands just along the Belgian border. Tesla will be first assembling the popular Tesla Model S cars in this new European factory. The cars that are manufactured in the Dutch plant will be sent to the United Kingdom and other European countries for sale. This will reduce the waiting time that the European customers had to face when they order the Tesla cars. The facility has the man power and the setup to manufacture 450 vehicles every week.
This is the first factory in the whole of Europe to have an indoor test track for cars. This track measures about 750 meters in length. The indoor test track will be used to test the cars on different road conditions as the track can be simulated to suit different conditions. This will help in improving the quality check of the Tesla electric cars for its noise, harshness and vibration levels.
The indoor test track will also be used to check out the autonomous driving system and autopilot systems before they are rolled out of the factory and handed over to the customers. The cars will not be manufactured in the Tilburg plant of Tesla. The assembly of the cars will only take place in this European plant. The battery pack, rear axle and power train of the car will be fitted at this plant. These parts will be coming from the Tesla’s main headquarter plant in Fremont, California.
All the Tesla Model S versions will be built in the first Tesla European plant in Tilburg right from the entry level car to the ludicrous mode Tesla Model S. There is also news that the Tilburg plant will be building the upcoming Model X crossover vehicle. The first deliveries of the Tesla Model S from this European plant will commence only after a year, probably in October 2016.