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28 02 2018 03

The Californian EV maker has long left its home coast to seek for talent elsewhere. Tesla has now reached the Greek shores and says it wants to set up a centre for research and development of electric drivetrains in Athens.

The news appear surprising given that Tesla is not selling electric cars in Greece at the moment. The decision to establish a R&D unit in Athens though starts to make sense when considering, that three of Tesla’s main electric motor designers all hold degrees from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).

A Tesla spokesperson told Electrek, that indeed “Greece has strong electric motor engineering talent and technical universities, offering tailored programs and specialised skills for electric motor technology.”

At the beginning the team will be relatively small with Tesla planning to employ about ten engineers in the Greek capital. The team is to work closely with the main engineers in the States that consists of Principal Motor Designer Konstantinos Laskaris, Motor Design Engineer Konstantinos Bourchas, and Staff Motor Design Engineer Vasilis Papanikolaou among others.

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