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Another order of 50 semis, these from Bee'ah in UAE

Discussion in 'Semi' started by SMAlset, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. SMAlset

    SMAlset Well-Known Member

    Mar 4, 2017
    SF Bay Area
  2. deadcat

    deadcat New Member

    Jan 14, 2018
    Since the Fremont factory is out of room & completely occupied with the Model 3, my best bet would be their European factory. Believe me, I heard about it only recently, but Tesla appears to have a re-assembly plant in Netherlands capable of 450 cars a week. It's a way to evade European import tax. It's only 11 acres, or about 0.47 million square ft., which is a tenth of the Fremont location. Not to mention, the Semi will be rather well-received in Europe, much like EVs.
  3. SmartElectric

    SmartElectric Active Member

    Jul 9, 2014
    No. Unlikely. The "factory" in Netherlands is not set up for body panel or frame manufacturing, not to mention motors, battery packs or otherwise.

    Consensus is that Tesla can purchase existing facility near Fremont, make the panels and other "small" stamping at Fremont, motors and battery at Gigafactory, and frames purchased from third party, likely from an existing large truck OEM.

    Assembly can be far less automated for frame+systems, as the primary cost of the vehicle is the massive battery pack which itself will likely entirely share battery modules with high volume vehicle like Model 3.

    Europe market may not require Europe production for a low volume vehicle like this, the tariff issues are less important to viability, as the European competition in the truck EV space is less than in regions like China or US.
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