Turkish President Erdogan Courts Elon Musk To Build a Tesla Gigafactory in Turkey

Turkey joins the group of countries trying to lure Tesla to establish a local production facility. Elon Musk met Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in New York ahead of the 78th session of the UN General Assembly. Erdogan tried to persuade Musk to invest in Turkey not only in the automotive sector but also in artificial intelligence and space technology.
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Musk continued his high-profile meeting streak with chiefs of state across the globe, adding Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to his records. Erdogan is in New York to attend the 78th session of the UN General Assembly. The two men set up a meeting at Turkish House, a skyscraper near the United Nations in New York. Musk was surprisingly accompanied by his son X Æ A-12, causing uproar on social media.

According to Turkish news agency Anadolu, President Erdogan wants Musk to build a Tesla gigafactory in Turkey. Musk confirmed that Tesla already has business relationships with many Turkish suppliers and is seriously considering a Turkish gigafactory. This comes after Musk announced during the second-quarter earnings call in July that Tesla will announce a new gigafactory by the end of the year. Tesla has six factories and is preparing to start construction on the seventh in Mexico.

Tesla also announced a new gigafactory in India to produce an affordable electric vehicle similar to the one built in Mexico. A Turkish gigafactory could be Tesla's ninth production facility overall and the seventh car factory after Fremont, Shanghai, Berlin, Texas, Mexico, and India. Giga Nevada will also be expanded with a new production line to assemble 50,000 Semi trucks per year. Tesla aims to produce 20 million EVs per year by 2030, and these new gigafactories are instrumental in reaching this target.

Besides Tesla, Erdogan and Musk also discussed future cooperation on artificial intelligence and space technology. Elon Musk's SpaceX is interested in expanding coverage and needs Turkish authorities to approve a Starlink license in the country. Erdogan invited Musk to attend the Turkish aerospace and technology fair Teknofest in Izmir at the end of September, to which Musk gladly agreed.

Tesla only started delivery of the Model Y in Turkey in May but has yet to launch the rest of its lineup there. Tesla's website for Turkey currently lists these models with a "Get Updates" button. Only the Model 3 was granted a separate entry into the website's overhead menu, which points to an imminent launch of the refreshed model in Turkey. In April, Tesla also launched the first Supercharger stations in the country.

President Erdogan is not the only chief of state that Musk meets these days. Tesla's CEO will also meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in California on Monday. The focus of this meeting is expected to be artificial intelligence technology.

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After his childhood dream of becoming a "tractor operator" didn't pan out, Cristian turned to journalism, first in print and later moving to online media. His top interests are electric vehicles and new energy solutions.
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