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Tesla May Consider Russia for One of Future Factory Sites, Elon Musk Says

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Tesla will look at building more factories in new countries over time and Russia may be considered for one of the sites, Elon Musk, the CEO of the electric car company, said Friday.

"Over time we will look to have factories in other parts of the world, and potentially Russia", Musk said at the Russian educational marathon "New Knowledge", which he was attending online.

In terms of service centres for the cars, Tesla is "close to establishing a presence in Russia", Musk said, adding that the electric car company was thinking of doing the same for Kazakhstan and neighbouring countries.

© AP Photo / Britta Pedersen In this Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 file photo, SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award, in Berlin, Germany
Tesla May Consider Russia for One of Future Factory Sites, Elon Musk Says - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.05.2021
In this Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 file photo, SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award, in Berlin, Germany

He also noted it would be better if Russia and the US communicated more.

"There is a lot of talented energy in Russia and I think there should be more dialogue and communication between Russia and the United States", Musk stated, adding that he admires the technological achievements of Russia and the USSR.

Tesla has several factories in the US, one in China, and is building one in Berlin. Recently, British media suggested that the company may be planning to build another factory in the UK as well.

Future Prospects

The billionaire also made several tech predictions, praising electric transportation and describing his vision of technological progress.

"All transport will obviously be electric, with the ironic exception of rockets", the businessman noted.
© REUTERS / Alexandria SageThe interior of a Tesla Model S is shown in autopilot mode in San Francisco, California, U.S., April 7, 2016.
Tesla May Consider Russia for One of Future Factory Sites, Elon Musk Says - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.05.2021
The interior of a Tesla Model S is shown in autopilot mode in San Francisco, California, U.S., April 7, 2016.

Planes will be the last mode of transport to go electric, Tesla CEO said.

"I think we will look back on internal combustion cars the same way we look on steam engines", Musk said, adding that cars will definitely be self-driving in the future.

He stressed that there was no discussion about autonomous driving, no "question mark".

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