Currently reading: Tesla linked to new UK gigafactory in Somerset
Electric car firm is working with Department for International Trade to identify sites for a major UK facility, according to reports
James Attwood, digital editor
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8 June 2020

Tesla is considering building a new gigafactory in the UK, with reports suggesting that the electric car firm is evaluating a potential site in Somerset.

A report in Property Week says the Department for International Trade (DIT) is currently looking for a four million square foot site that the Californian firm could use to build a research, development and manufacturing plant. 

It is unknown how many sites have been identified, but the list is believed to include the Gravity industrial park, a ‘smart campus’ currently being developed near Bridgwater in Somerset. The 635-acre site is being built on the site of a former Royal Ordnance Factory, and is intended to attract innovative technology companies.

Tesla boss Elon Musk is reported to have visited the UK last week to discuss plans for the UK facility, although it is unclear if he would have visited the Bridgwater site.

The DIT would not confirm the reports it is working with Tesla, but did say that it is looking for manufacturing sites for electric vehicles. In a statement, it said: “The government is working with industry to help make the UK the location of choice to develop world-class electric vehicle technologies. DIT is working closely with partners to scope out sites for new investment into electric vehicle research, development and manufacturing across the UK.”

There is no confirmation on whether any UK facility would be a full car production factory or would focus on specific technology such as batteries. Last year, Tesla chose to locate its first European factory near Berlin in Germany, with Musk saying that site was chosen over the UK because of “Brexit uncertainty”.

The German site will house production of the Model 3, Model Y and batteries, and is expected to come on stream in 2021.

Tesla currently has car production plants in Arizona and California in the US, and recently opened a gigafactory in Shanghai, China, to build models for the world’s biggest car market.

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8 June 2020

Even when you're on a diet you can still look at the menu.

 

Would be silly for Tesla not to listen to what incentives the UK government will offer.

 

8 June 2020

 the Gigafactory is in Nevada not Arizona

8 June 2020

How big is the Honda site? going to be spare soon and will be a useful workforce to hand..

8 June 2020

 Boris should be taking Tesla out to dinner, box of Chocolates and a a bunch of Roses!, we need investment in this Country just now, not apathy ridden criticism!

9 June 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Boris should be taking Tesla out to dinner, box of Chocolates and a a bunch of Roses!, we need investment in this Country just now, not apathy ridden criticism!

No, Boris should be resigning cos hes a fucking incompetent, negligent liar who is not fit for office, he can take his lying, fascist advisor with him too. Dont critcise my post for breaking the rules on swearing, I was just acting on instinct.

8 June 2020

Two reasons to go to Somerset:

1. Tin mines have the minerals needed for car batteries

2. Because we left the EU, Musk can put the UK against an EU member state. In doing so said EU ember state can tell the EU they need to give Tesla a large subsidy in case the work goes outside the EU.

 

 

9 June 2020
TStag wrote:

 

1. Tin mines have the minerals needed for car batteries

Are these the tin mines that have been closed for about 100 years ?

Or was that sarcasm that went over my head, lol.

8 June 2020

UK - Musk saying that site was chosen over the UK because of “Brexit uncertainty”.

Rest of World - That the new factory should be in Germany is logical. Germany is Europe’s biggest market for electric vehicles and the one with the biggest potential. Germany is Europe’s most populous country, Germans are in love with cars and worried about the environment, as evidenced by the recent electoral successes of the Greens. It also matters that Germany is a country with some of Europe’s strongest incentives for electric car buyers. It recently decided to increase the maximum subsidy for buyers of battery vehicles to 6,000 euros from 4,000 euros and extend it until 2025. France, Italy and Slovenia offer roughly as much.

And what do we give, £3500? Now if this latest Autocar report is true, and that Musk is considering the UK, then surely that shows his Brexit remark was tongue-in-cheek? Personally I'll believe it when I see it as nothing is what it seems with Musk, but just imagine if it happened tho, all those remoaners who used Tesla as an example of how Brexit has frightened away foreign investment. Jeez, what a kick in the teeth that would be.

 

9 June 2020
scotty5 wrote:

UK - Musk saying that site was chosen over the UK because of “Brexit uncertainty”.

Rest of World - That the new factory should be in Germany is logical. Germany is Europe’s biggest market for electric vehicles and the one with the biggest potential. Germany is Europe’s most populous country, Germans are in love with cars and worried about the environment, as evidenced by the recent electoral successes of the Greens. It also matters that Germany is a country with some of Europe’s strongest incentives for electric car buyers. It recently decided to increase the maximum subsidy for buyers of battery vehicles to 6,000 euros from 4,000 euros and extend it until 2025. France, Italy and Slovenia offer roughly as much.

And what do we give, £3500? Now if this latest Autocar report is true, and that Musk is considering the UK, then surely that shows his Brexit remark was tongue-in-cheek? Personally I'll believe it when I see it as nothing is what it seems with Musk, but just imagine if it happened tho, all those remoaners who used Tesla as an example of how Brexit has frightened away foreign investment. Jeez, what a kick in the teeth that would be.

 

A few minor mistakes in your post there, scotty, it should have read :

"Rest of World & Remoaners (sic) - Musk saying that site was chosen over the UK because of “Brexit uncertainty”.

"Deluded Brexiteers Living In The Past/Cloud Cuckoo Land - That the new factory should be in Germany is logical. Germany is Europe’s biggest market for electric vehicles and the one with the biggest potential. Germany is Europe’s most populous country, Germans are in love with cars and worried about the environment, as evidenced by the recent electoral successes of the Greens. It also matters that Germany is a country with some of Europe’s strongest incentives for electric car buyers. It recently decided to increase the maximum subsidy for buyers of battery vehicles to 6,000 euros from 4,000 euros and extend it until 2025. France, Italy and Slovenia offer roughly as much."

No, no dont thank me, it was a pleasure. :)

 

8 June 2020
That's the first good news I have heard since Coronavirus hit the UK. Hoping it is true

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