It’s reported the government is hunting for a site for a major new car plant, suggesting Elon Musk is considering building Teslas in Britain.
Sources have told the Daily Telegraph that the Government’s new Office for Investment called on regional agencies to urgently submit potential locations for a new factory that the report says would be a “significant post-Brexit boost” for Britain’s £80bn car industry.
The Telegraph says that the body, established in November and headed by the former Barclays chairman Lord Grimstone, sounded out regional authorities including Teesside and the West Midlands over potential sites covering 250 hectares at short notice.
It quotes an insider saying regions were asked to submit proposals earlier this month and “we only had 48 hours to put it together”. The company behind the plans was not revealed and the source added that “we usually get much more time and engagement with the potential investor”.
Mr Musk visited the UK last weekend, arriving at Luton on Friday and heading home on Sunday night.
(Picture – Tesla’s factory in California, courtesy Tesla website)