TURKEY: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has reportedly requested Tesla CEO Elon Musk to consider establishing a Tesla factory in Turkey. The Turkish communications department shared this information.
Elon Musk has acknowledged that Turkey is among the leading contenders for a Tesla factory and noted that Tesla already works with several Turkish suppliers. However, Tesla has not yet officially responded to these reports.
Erdogan and Musk are said to have discussed this during a meeting at the Turkish House in New York. Erdogan also expressed interest in collaborating with other countries on artificial intelligence and Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet project during the 78th U.N. General Assembly meeting in the United States.
Furthermore, Elon Musk has been invited by Erdogan to attend the Teknofest aerospace festival in Izmir, where he expressed his willingness to participate. Musk is also scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in California to discuss AI technologies.
This development comes after Tesla expressed interest in establishing a factory in India to manufacture affordable electric cars. Tesla has been expanding its global presence, with six facilities and a seventh under construction in Mexico’s Nuevo Leon state. Elon Musk has indicated that a decision on a new factory location will be made by the end of the year.
It’s worth noting that in 2022, Elon Musk acquired X, formerly known as Twitter, for $44 billion. Despite Musk’s support for free expression, he has complied with Turkish government requests to filter content, even when Twitter objected to Turkish court decisions in other cases.