This thread is devoted to news of, ideas for and speculation about new production sites for Tesla Motors. Earlier today, French Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal made waves by announcing that she is proposing offering to Tesla the site of France's oldest nuclear power plant. This is in Fessenheim, in Alsace. The idea has an awful lot going for it. Among other points - *France has announced the nuke will be closed. This has caused a great deal of unrest in the strong labor groups associated with the French electric utility EDF - it employs 850 plus 250 contract employees. A Tesla factory would generate far more jobs than this. *The plant is directly on the Rhine River, across the border from Germany. More precisely, it is on one of western Europe's industrial arteries: the Grand Alsace Canal; the ancient river and national border is a bit to the west...and at the edge of the nuke plant's Exclusion Zone. * When Mr Musk was in France at the beginning of the year, he remarked in what seemed to be off-the-cuff fashion, "Maybe we should build it (a European plant) in Alsace - half in Germany, half in France" (my recollection, NOT his exact words). * Located slightly north of the Swiss border of these two countries, one could hardly place a pin more directly in the center of western Europe than southern Alsace. * As the location has the transmission lines for its generated electricity, AND the canal's water, AND the barge shipping traffic on site, AND the E25 (Rotterdam<--->Genoa) and Autobahn 5, it is unexcelled in its infrastructure. * By my calculations from Google Maps, the site with its Exclusion Zone extends approximately one km west of the plant itself, one km to the east of the canal to the German border, one km to the south along the canal and two km north along the canal, for a total of approximately 6 square kilometers or 1,500 acres. PLENTY big enough not just for a new plant but also would allow room to build simultaneously with the decommissioning and dismantling of the nuke. Satellite map here: (took too long to load - you'll have to find it yourselves....) So far, all the news references I've come across have been in French, but these should be translatable - Fessenheim : Ségolène Royal suggère la mutation de la centrale en usine de voitures électriques Tesla The view from Switzerland. Since Fukushima, theSwiss have repeatedly asked France to close the nuclear plant: Ségolène Royal veut transformer Fessenheim en usine de voitures Tesla Fessenheim : Ségolène Royal suggère la mutation de la centrale en usine de voitures électriques Tesla - France 3 Alsace Tesla à Fessenheim : l'inattendu coup de com' de Ségolène Royal Royal's formal title is Ministère de l'Écologie, du Développement durable et de l’Énergie; this puts her third in line in the French government, after the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister.