Tesla Motors Has Opened In The Netherlands Its First Assembly Plant In Europe
|   Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tesla Motors is now becoming a global brand. After the recent launch in China its capabilities are doubled by the opening of an assembly plant in the Netherlands.

The launching of the Model S in Europe, as well as the opening of Tesla's first showroom, goes hand in hand with an event of equal importance for the company. That event is the opening of the first European assembly lines working for Tesla, at the Tesla Motors factory found in the city of Tilburg, in the Netherlands.


The new plant acts like a distribution point for customers interested in the Tesla Model S, from Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France, and is strategically located at Tilburg. The plant is located near the port of Rotterdam (about 80 km, or 50 miles). This location is vital to receive the parts that come from California. Also, this village is located at maximum 12 hours from any point on the European continent, so that the distribution of parts and assemblies can be done very easily.

"Tilburg is an ideal location considering its proximity to the port of Rotterdam and the high quality and availability of transportation infrastructure. An excellent rail and motorway network connects Tilburg to all major markets," read the press release.

Bryan Batista, Sales Director Europe, said: "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."

With a surface of 18,900 square meters, this new modern facility is very well prepared to receive the brand new Model S which is being shipped over from the U.S. After crossing the ocean and having reached Europe, the Model S lands at Tilburg for final assembly just before being delivered all over the continent. Presently, 50 employees work the factory, a number which will go up to 200.

Right now, Tesla has shipped over 15,000 electric vehicles to its customers in 31 countries. Deliveries of Model S here in Europe started out this summer.
With a large driving range, the Model S comes with 60 kWh and 85 kWh battery options, totaling a range of up to 500 km (on the New European Driving Cycle) with the 85 kWh version. Both batteries are held within the same enclosure, and provide structural, aerodynamic, and handling advantages. The batteries use lithium-ion cells arranged for optimal energy density, thermal management, as well as safety.

The Model S is the first premium sedan made from the ground up as an electric vehicle. It was designed and engineered to increase the public's idea of what an EV can be. At the core of Model S is the Tesla powertrain, which has proven it can deliver unprecedented range plus a thrilling drive experience. A rigid body structure with a nearly 50/50 weight distribution, plus an outstandingly low center of gravity, make sure the Model S offers the agility and the responsiveness expected from the best sports cars out there while at the same time having the ride quality similar to a premium sedan.
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