Tesla CEO Elon Musk was in the Netherlands today for the opening ceremony of Tesla’s second plant in Tilburg. The company already had a ‘final assembly factory’ in the city (see picture below), where the company completes the assembly of the Model S’s going to the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany.
The new 78,000 square-meter (840,000 sq-ft) plant has an indoor test-track and will employ 180 workers.
According to local newspapers, Tesla’s first plant will become primarily a distribution and service center. Here’s Tesla’s original Tilburg factory:
The new plant should double Tesla’s production capacity for completing final assembly on 450 vehicles per week instead of 225. Tesla officials said that there’s still room to grow at the new location, which could become useful when Tesla will launch the Model X in Europe next year.
Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, was at the opening ceremony with Musk.
Gallery of pictures of the new factory:
Tesla early investor Bill Lee commented on the opening via Twitter:
The company tweeted about the event:
The new Tesla Tilburg Factory brings Model S faster to our growing family in Europe pic.twitter.com/v3iGbDovzk— Tesla (@Tesla) September 25, 2015
The Tilburg Factory takes Model S through final assembly & quality testing before going to its new owner pic.twitter.com/DA6CSmzwiF— Tesla (@Tesla) September 25, 2015
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