Always further, always bigger. This is the motto of the whimsical boss of Tesla, Elon Musk. While the electric car giant is having some difficulty opening its gigafactory in Germany and another is established in Asia, the company is now eyeing Russia. In any case, this is what Elon Musk said on Friday May 21 during his participation, by video, in a conference for Russian students, according to CNN.
Responding to a question from an attendee, he said: “I think we are on the verge of establishing Tesla’s presence in Russia and that would be great. And more broadly, also in Kazakhstan and surrounding areas. He is important to us to support Tesla supporters like you.” The American brand could therefore soon open a factory in the country of Vladimir Putin. One more on the list of the giant of the electric car which is about to have five around the world: three in the United States (Nevada, California and Texas), one under construction in Europe (Germany) and one in China (Shanghai).
A city on Mars?
His intervention is also symbolic of Elon Musk’s desire to forge ties with Russia: it is only the second appearance of the whimsical billionaire at an event organized by Moscow, recalls The Moscow Times. The bet could however prove difficult: Russia is not a market very focused on the electric, recalls Caradisiac. In 2020, only 700 new electric vehicles were registered there and Tesla currently only has five Supercharger stations in the country.
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In addition to the development of Tesla, the entrepreneur, who recently lost his second place in the ranking of the richest men in the world, also gave his vision for the future. A future that is of course taking shape in space, according to whoever does not exclude the existence of extraterrestrial life. He has also proposed to build a base on the Moon and a city on Mars while considering that “it is difficult to predict what the next 50 years will look like”.