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New Tesla factory has an indoor test track

Tesla has recently started the assembly of the Model S for the European market in its new factory in Tilburg, the Netherlands.

It is not much of an assembly though.
The rear engine sub-frame and batteries are shipped separately for safety reasons, but the paint and interior were done in the USA. What still needs to be done is the joining of the frame and pack to the car, wheels on, fluids fill and all round system test.
Yet this greatly enhances Tesla's capacity to deliver cars over Europe.

Key feature of the plant is its indoor test track:

... Teslas rumble across teeth-rattling Belgian pavé, before hitting 110kph – just over 60mph – down the back straight.

'Not many manufacturers have a test track inside!' jokes Gilbert Passin, VP of manufacturing in Tilburg and Fremont. 'We have no emissions so it's easy for us, and it gives us consistent, dry conditions.'

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