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Tesla Opens Distribution & Assembly Center In The Netherlands

 
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As the first cars are set to arrive in European dealers next year, Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] has announced its new European distribution center in Tilburg, Netherlands.

The facility will serve as a final assembly point for European vehicles, as well as acting as Tesla's distribution hub and regional service center.

The 62,000 square-foot facility will be central to Tesla's roll-out of Model S cars through Europe. The first European Model S will enter production at Tesla's Fremont plant in March 2013, before being shipped to Tilburg for final assembly.

As well as distribution and servicing, Tesla will use the facility for training, importing operations, parts remanufacturing, collision repair and more. Tesla expects up to 50 new jobs to be created in the next few years.

Many European Tesla dealerships have already begun taking orders for the electric sedan, while some still have stocks of the Roadster left.

Official pricing hasn't yet been announced, though as with the U.S, European buyers can choose between standard and Signature Edition Model S.

Also in common with the U.S, many European countries offer tax incentives and rebates for the purchase of electric cars, plus exemptions from local vehicle taxes, parking charges and inner-city congestion charging.

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  1. That is so fantastic! I'm sooo happy to see Tesla moving to Europe. I think and believe, that due to the shorter distances in Europe the electric cars will gain more market than in the US.
    As we (my family) - in Austria - have an average of about 300 km per week (!) to move around it is simply perfect to meet our needs. Especially for me, I am really hungry for Tesla to come here.
     
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  2. Great to see another Austrian here ;-) Any issue regarding charging infrastructure? We are also driving app. 400 km per week (Carinthia) and at the moment a EV with app 200 km range. Charging infrastructure is necessary was our learning and I believe also with 400 km per week it will be an issue (maybe not so important...)
     
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  3. One item that may be missing is that the battery chemistry which is very similar and can be dangerous as those used in laptop computers may not be legal to ship within the completed vehicle. I wonder how Tesla is shipping vehicles? By boat or by air or both? Anyone have any insight on this?
     
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