Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on tech mogul Elon Musk to consider opening Tesla’s next factory in Turkey. Erdogan and Musk have developed a friendly relationship, holding several meetings in Turkey and at international forums. Their latest meeting took place in New York, where Musk visited the Turkish House, a new skyscraper located across from the United Nations building.
During the talks, President Erdogan urged Tesla to establish its seventh factory in Turkey. Musk responded by stating that Turkey is among the most important candidates for the new factory. This lobbying effort by the Turkish leader follows similar attempts made by French President Emmanuel Macron and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
Currently, Tesla operates six factories worldwide. Two of these are located outside of the United States, with one in Shanghai focusing on the Asian market and another near Berlin catering to European sales. Tesla is also in the process of building a factory in Mexico and has potential plans for a plant in India.
President Erdogan has been actively promoting Turkey’s high-tech sector, particularly highlighting the success of its Bayraktar combat drones, which played a significant role in assisting Ukraine during the Russian invasion last year. Additionally, Turkey recently unveiled its first domestically-made electric vehicle, known as Togg.
Furthermore, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has collaborated with Turkey’s space industry, launching communication satellites for the country. As a gesture of support for Turkey’s technological advancements, Erdogan invited Musk to attend Teknofest, a technology fair scheduled for later this month in Izmir.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to persuade Elon Musk to establish a Tesla factory in Turkey highlight the country’s ambition to foster a strong presence in the global electric vehicle industry. Turkey’s growing high-tech sector and collaborations with SpaceX demonstrate its commitment to technological innovation.
– Article by Zak/ITH
– Turkish television
– Anadolu state news agency