Tesla factory, Fremont, CaliforniaEnlarge Photo
Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is planning to expand its manufacturing footprint with new plants located around the globe.
The American automaker already has a small plant in the Netherlands where some final assembly of its electric cars destined for Europe take place.
However, CEO Elon Musk has previously stated that a larger plant in Europe makes sense and one of the possible locations may end up being France. He’s also said that Tesla will eventually build a plant in China.
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AFP (via Reuters) reports that France’s energy minister Segolene Royal is set to meet with Tesla management in the coming days and has already suggested to Musk a site in the French commune of Fessenheim for a new plant.
The commune is located on the border of France and Germany and is home to a nuclear power station due to be decommissioned this year. A major downside of using the site would be removing the power station.
France is a strong supporter of electric cars and offers incentives of up to $11,000 towards their purchase. Recently, the country also committed to building more than 600 miles of roads lined in solar cells.
Pictured above is Tesla's current plant in Fremont, California.