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I think I am correct in saying most of the vehicles I have owned have been Fords and that company saw the UK as an important place to do business and the UK became very important to them.
So why shouldn't the UK become important to Tesla?
 

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Because it’s no longer a member of the EU and therefore isn’t a gateway to a very large market anymore?

Because in global terms the UK is still only a tiny percentage of global sales?

Of course, that might change if the Government throw some money at them. We might even see a De Lorean type escapade in Northern Ireland, you never know.
 

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I think the next two likely to be built seem to be India and east of America.

Elon Musk has often said the idea is to have a factory close to where the cars are being sold, having a West Coast(Fremont) Central(Texas) and East Coast (Somewhere near New York perhaps) fits in with that.

I hope after that the UK is a part of the master plan, possibly as a place to produce all Right Hand Drive models, the UK presumably being the biggest RHD market in the world for Tesla.

But it is possible that the priority for that could not only be behind Giga India and the third Giga USA but also behind a second Giga China!
 

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I hope after that the UK is a part of the master plan, possibly as a place to produce all Right Hand Drive models, the UK presumably being the biggest RHD market in the world for Tesla.
UK won't be the primary RHD market once they launch in India. If they do set up manufacturing in India as well that could probably do all of the RHD production for the world.
 

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I think I am correct in saying most of the vehicles I have owned have been Fords and that company saw the UK as an important place to do business and the UK became very important to them.
I notice the past tense in the comment about Ford - they are close to departing the UK entirely in terms of manufacturing.
 

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UK won't be the primary RHD market once they launch in India. If they do set up manufacturing in India as well that could probably do all of the RHD production for the world.
Oh dear, you may right.

If they do go ahead with Giga India fairly soon maybe we won’t get a factory in the UK at all then. At least not within this decade.

We’ll have to get used to German made Teslas for a while.
 

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We’ll have to get used to German made Teslas for a while.
Is that a problem? I can't imagine that quality will be any higher from India than Germany and the tariffs will not be any lower.
 

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Oh dear, you may right.

If they do go ahead with Giga India fairly soon maybe we won’t get a factory in the UK at all then. At least not within this decade.

We’ll have to get used to German made Teslas for a while.
I'd rather a Tesla built in Germany than in the UK.
 

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England is a small market. After most of the large markets, sometime.

Hey, I have an idea. Why doesn't England join the Common Market, like Scotland and NI are think about doing? Then England would be part of a much larger market. ~/~
 

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England is a small market. After most of the large markets, sometime.

Hey, I have an idea. Why doesn't England join the Common Market, like Scotland and NI are think about doing? Then England would be part of a much larger market. ~/~
Interesting idea. Do you think that could cut down on red tape and boost our exports?
 

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I hear the mayor of Swindon has invited Elon to take over the Honda factory there, which is about to shut down because Brexit.
 

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It is not about to shut down because Brexit. It's due to shut down because Honda got caught with their pants down with basically no electrification plans and little demand for the end-of-life Civic.

They have themselves repeatedly stated on the record that it's nothing to do with Brexit.
 

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It is shutting down because the EU did a trade deal with Japan that allowed the tariff free import of cars built in Japan into the EU, reducing the benefit of satellite car plants within the EU. Some might say that was being vindictive given that Honda, Nissan and Toyota all chose the UK over the rest of the EU27 ........
 

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Can't rejoin the EU, perhaps the Common Market could come back?
You are sounding like Boris who also led people to believe that you could be outside of the EU but remain in the Common Market ...... :p
 

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You are sounding like Boris who also led people to believe that you could be outside of the EU but remain in the Common Market ...... :p
I was missing ~/~
 
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Great Yarmouth is the obvious choice. Tesla can then capitalise on Norfolk's reputation for technical innovation ;)
 
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