Tesla Opens Assembly Plant in Netherlands

Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA  ) is ramping up its efforts on the European market. The company announced it has officially opened its Tilburg Assembly Plant, a facility located in the namesake city in the Netherlands. Tesla said that the factory is to be the final assembly and distribution point for the European market. It will also serve as that market's center for service and parts. Earlier this month, the company made the first shipments of its high-profile Model S to customers on the continent.

The new plant is 18,900 square meters (203,438 square feet) in size and is roughly 80 kilometers (50 miles) inland from Rotterdam, Europe's largest port. The company touted the "high quality and availability" of local infrastructure, as well as the "excellent" local rail network in the area.

Tesla added that at the opening of the facility, customers from the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Germany received delivery of their first Model Ses.

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  • Report this Comment On August 22, 2013, at 10:11 PM, peter011 wrote:

    Can anyone shed some more light on what this assembly plant really does?

    Is it a full blown assembly plant or a detailing center to fine-tune cars before final delivery?

  • Report this Comment On August 22, 2013, at 10:17 PM, TMFVolkman wrote:

    peter011, my understanding is that each Model S to be sold in Europe will be shipped in a semi-complete state to the Tilburg factory, where it will undergo the final stages to finish its construction (hence the "final assembly" description). The facility will also function as a parts dispatching center - I'm assuming the company will keep basic parts, as well as the stuff they use for final assembly, at hand.

  • Report this Comment On August 30, 2013, at 4:34 PM, caromero1965 wrote:

    Just a guess: they can adapt for left hand vs. right hand drive etc. (assuming Teslas are legal in the UK). And there may be components or subsystems which they could source locally, which could cut costs.

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