Tesla heading for Cape Town

Electric car maker to open up shop in SA

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille confirmed on 567 Cape Talk Radio that Tesla Motors will in fact be opening up its first office on the continent in the Mother City following last year’s African expansion announcement.

The electric car maker and energy solutions company was established by South African-born Elon Musk in 2003 and turns over around $3b. They currently have operations in North America, London, Amsterdam, east Asia and Australia with the addition of the Cape Town office clearly supporting the city’s desire to lead alternative energy solutions on the continent. Reports suggest that Tesla’s priority in SA will be to develop a market for the company’s industrial-scale battery pack, called the Powerball.

“Some of their products will be in the country in the next month or two, which will add to the energy solutions we are looking for,” said de Lille. The local operation will be heading up by Evan Rice, the former CEO of GreenCape and a board member of the International Cleantech Network.

The exact date for when the office will be open for business is yet to be announced. The company is however advertising for positions on it’s careers website
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