Tesla Motors Announces Major European Distribution Center in the Netherlands

 Tesla Motors Announces Major European Distribution Center in the Netherlands

  PR Newswire

  PALO ALTO, California and TILBURG, Netherlands, December 12, 2012

PALO ALTO, California and TILBURG, Netherlands, December 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/

New facility will serve as final Model S assembly point, vehicle distribution
hub and regional service center

As a key step towards beginning worldwide distribution of Model S, Tesla
Motors announced today that it will begin operations this month at its new
European Distribution Center in Tilburg, Netherlands. This new facility will
serve as Tesla's European service and parts headquarters, as well as the final
assembly and distribution point for Model S vehicles sold in Europe. General
production of European left-hand drive Model S is planned to begin in March

Tesla's new 18,900 square meter facility is centrally located to enable
efficient, timely and cost effective operations throughout Europe. Starting
this month, the new distribution center will begin stocking parts for both the
Tesla Roadster and Model S. In addition to parts warehousing, Tesla plans to
utilize this facility for vehicle importing operations, final vehicle assembly
and distribution, service headquarters, technical training operations, parts
remanufacturing, collision repair and more. The new Tesla European
Distribution Center will lead to the creation of approximately 50 jobs in the
next few years.

Tesla's decision to locate the new European Distribution Center in Tilburg is
the result of almost two years of on-going cooperation between Tesla, BOM
Foreign Investments, NFIA (Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency), CBRE Group,
Inc. and the City of Tilburg.

About Mod el S

Model S is the world's first premium sedan built from the ground up as an
electric vehicle and has been engineered to elevate the public's expectations
of what a premium sedan can be. At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla
powertrain, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive
experience. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and
a remarkably low center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and
agility expected from the world's best sports cars while providing the ride
quality of a luxury performance sedan. Model S has received many of the
industry's most prestigious awards and accolades during its first year on the

Model S offers multiple battery options that set the benchmark for electric
driving range. All batteries use automotive-grade lithium-ion cells arranged
for optimal energy density, thermal management, and safety.

Without an internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel, the interior of
Model S has more cargo space than any other sedan in its class and includes a
second trunk under the hood. The Model S interior features a 17 inch in-dash
touchscreen with Internet capabilities, allowing for streaming radio, web
browsing and navigation.

About Tesla

Tesla's goal is to accelerate the world's transition to electric mobility with
a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla
designs and manufactures EVs, as well as EV powertrain components for partners
such as Toyota and Daimler. Tesla has delivered more than 2,400 Roadsters to
customers worldwide. Model S, the world's first premium sedan to be engineered
from the ground up as

an electric vehicle, began deliveries to U.S. customers in June of this year.
Tesla has already received more than 13,000 reservations worldwide for Model S

Individuals interested in employment at the Tesla European Distribution Center
in Tilburg should send resumes and inquiries to
tilburgrecruitment@teslamotors.com .

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release, including statements regarding the
plans for the new Tesla European Distribution Center, are "forward-looking
statements" that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking
statements are based on management's current expectations. Various important
factors could cause actual results to differ materially, including the risks
identified in our SEC filings. Tesla disclaims any obligation to update this

Tesla Motors Media Contacts:

Kathrin Schira, kschira@teslamotors.com , +49-151-161-59991

Roberto Toro, rtoro@teslamotors.com , +39-342-5000-743

Contact: Christina Ra, cra@teslamotors.com, +1-310-795-8584
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