Tesla Opens Up First Dutch Assembly Plant
Coinciding with recent reports of Tesla's plans for global expansion, the automaker announced the opening of its first assembly plant overseas- calling Tilburg, Netherlands, home. This marks the very first time the automaker has laid its claim on foreign land. Acting as the final assembly plant for all European-bound Teslas, the 18,900 sq. meter (203,449 sq. foot) facility is the latest in state-of-the-art building technologies and brings the Model S that much closer to European clientele. The central location of Tilburg, enables efficient distribution of parts, of which, Tesla says can ship across the continent within 12 hours.
As the first Teslas made their way to Norway earlier in the month, last week marked the first delivery of vehicles to Dutch, Belgian, French and German customers via the Tilburg plant. Tesla's European sales director, Bryan Batista, had this to say about the facility: "It's very exciting to see our cars arriving in Europe and being welcomed by their proud owners here in Tilburg. This location is pivotal to Tesla's European operations, which are expanding rapidly over the coming months with openings of around 15 new stores and service centers."
The new plant is a big step in the global direction, as some customers have waited nearly three years to receive shipment of their Model S. And as Tesla plans to roll out new vehicles like the Model E and Model X, there's no telling just how successful the automaker might be in Europe and other foreign markets. PHOTOS: See more of the 2012 Tesla Model S