Tesla has just unveiled its very first European factory, located in Tilburg in the Netherlands. The new facility will produce Model S cars for both the UK market as well as the rest of Europe, to dramatically reduce waiting times for these markets.
The new factory has the ability to produce 450 vehicles a week. Importantly, the Tilburg factory won’t actually manufacture European-bound Tesla Model Ss but instead be used to bring together the powertrain, battery back and rear axle courtesy of the company’s headquarters in Fremont, California.
One particularly noteworthy element of the Tilburg facility is that it features a 750 metre long indoor test track. The track will be used to simulate a selection of different road surfaces and help with final pre-delivery checks while checking vibration and noise levels. Additionally, the electric automaker will test out its Autopilot systems around the track.
The Tilburg factory will be responsible for building all available Model S variations including the range-topping P90D. In the near future, European Tesla Model X cars will also be constructed there.