Elon Musk to open Tesla R&D plant in Greece
Tesla Elon Musk to open Tesla R&D plant in Greece
Billionaire entrepreneurâs electric car company to set up engineering facility in Athens
Elon Musk may have plans to colonise Mars but back on planet Earth he is extending his reach to Athens, by opening an engineering facility called Tesla Greece.
Muskâs electric car business is an unsung success story for the Greek diaspora, with three of Teslaâs top designers boasting degrees from the National Technical University of Athens. Teslaâs plans for the country have such âgame-changing po tentialâ that the head of the Hellenic Entrepreneursâ Association, Vasilis Apostolopoulos, has pledged to hand over his own industrial plant for free as a testing ground for new products.
Addressing delegates at the annual Delphi economic forum, Apostolopoulos said: âI have personally emailed Musk to welcome Tesla Greece â¦ and to say that for the next 10 years I will give, at zero cost to his company, my groupâs own industrial plant outside Corinth so that Greece can be on the frontline of global innovation.â
Describing the move as a âvote of confidenceâ in the debt-stricken country, Apostolopoulos, who is chief executive of the Athens Medical Group, a leading private healthcare provider, said he was also prepared to offer full medical coverage for a year to all of Tesla Greeceâs staff members and international staff visiting the country on company business.
âIt is the least we can do to thank and welcome Mr Muskâs vote of confidence in Hellenic business, research and technology,â he told the Guardian.
Outside the UK, the Netherlands and Germany, the electric car manufacturer has no presence in Europe. Its Greek office is expected to attract at least 50 engineers to run a research and development centre out of the state-run Demokritos Centre for Scientific Research. The centre is expected to act as a base for southeast Europe. âGreece has a strong electric motor engineering talent, and technical universities offering tailored programmes and specialised skills for electric motor technology,â a spokesperson told Electrek, a US news website.
It is understood that Teslaâs three Greek designers â" principal motor designer Konstantinos Laskaris; motor design engineer Konstantinos Bourchas; and staff motor design engineer Vasilis Papanikolaou â" are preparing t o move back to Athens under the companyâs plans. Demokritos has welcomed the news. âWe are very happy to receive all the talented engineers who are returning to work beside us,â it said in a statement.Topics
- Automotive industry
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