Tesla’s first assembly plant on the European continent is now open for business! The Tilburg Assembly Plant — located in the Netherlands, only about 50 miles from the port of Rotterdam — will now serve as the final assembly and distribution point for all Model S vehicles sold on the European continent. The plant will also function as Tesla’s European service and parts headquarters.
The 18,900 m2 assembly plant will now receive nearly complete Model S units shipped over from the US for final assembly before being delivered to customers throughout the European market.
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Being centrally located in Tilburg enables efficient, timely and cost effective operations throughout Europe, Tesla says. Parts can be distributed to anywhere across the continent within 12 hours. Tilburg, about 80 km (50 miles) from the port of Rotterdam, is connected by an excellent rail and motorway network to all major markets.
Some of the very first Dutch, Belgian, French and German Model S customers received their cars today at the brand new facility.
On a related note — and as I’m sure you already know — deliveries of the Model S to European customers began in Norway towards the beginning of August.
With expanding demand in Europe as well as the US, it seems Tesla is needing to diversify it suppliers. There is also word that it is going to start buying batteries from Samsung as well as Panasonic.