In a move signaling Turkey’s increased focus on sustainable transportation, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk to propose the establishment of a Tesla manufacturing plant in Turkey. This engagement, held at the notable Turkish House near the UN headquarters in New York, hints at Turkey’s aspirations to enhance its electric vehicle sector.
Erdogan, currently in the US for the 78th United Nations General Assembly session, took the opportunity to highlight how such a factory could stimulate Turkey’s automotive industry and promote advancements in electric vehicle technology. While Tesla hasn’t issued an official response, their ongoing global expansion suggests a positive alignment with this proposal.
Elon Musk’s Expansive Ventures
Elon Musk’s schedule hints at a broader vision for innovation and expansion. Following his dialogues in Turkey, Musk is slated to converse with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in California, emphasizing the progression of artificial intelligence technology, showcasing Musk’s commitment to spearheading developments in diverse domains. This ambition is mirrored in Tesla’s own growth trajectory, evident from its plans to set up a facility in India and its extensive global manufacturing network, including a new unit in Mexico.
Musk envisages finalizing the site for a new factory by year-end, riding high on Tesla’s escalating stock value and the recent production of its 5 millionth car.