Hi Everyone, I've been lurking on these forums for some time and feel that Tesla's goal of making mass-market electric vehicles will be one of the most important transportation developments of this century. Once they start producing the Gen III model(s), they're going to have to ramp up production capacity by a significant amount if they are looking to produce 500,000+ vehicles a year. I don't think that they'll be able to do it all from their current factory (even with the conversion of the part that is currently unused), which will necessitate opening more factories. I don't want to step on people's toes, seeing as this forum would be dominated by U.S. residents (who would be understandably patriotic about having Tesla factories in America), but what are peoples' thoughts on overseas factories being opened (in addition to other North American factories) to provide for a significant increase in production capacity? I'm sure it would be wonderful in helping to reduce the wait times for people living outside the U.S. receiving their cars and could possibly reduce the cost for international customers. Now that the DOE loan is paid off, I don't see why this couldn't be an option. The profits would still go back to the United States. P.S. If anyone from Tesla reads this (and if Tesla is considers doing this), Ford will be closing down their factory in Geelong, Victoria in 2016 (just in time for mass production of Gen III....). If you play it right, you could pick up a car factory and some workers for a bargain! I'm sure the Australian Federal Government would love to have a chat. :wink: Cheers.