Elon Musk is open to the possibility of manufacturing Tesla vehicles at an “off-planet” facility in the future.
Will anything like this ever really happen? Who knows what will happen. However, at the automaker’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday, the firm’s CEO, Elon Musk, who also owns the rocket company SpaceX, expressed interest in the concept.
“I like the way you think,” Musk remarked in response to an analyst’s query about how many years it will be before Tesla opens an “off-planet factory.” Musk was responding to the question about how many years it would be before Tesla establishes an “off-planet factory.” “I’d want to see one of them before I die. Then he joked that it would have to happen within the next “40-ish years” to be considered a success.”
Musk did not elaborate on any possible advantages of manufacturing automobiles on another world. One of the objectives, it is believed, would be to decrease emissions from manufacturing on the planet. Among others who have shown interest in transferring all polluting businesses to space is Jeff Bezos, who has a space firm of his own called Blue Origin.
Musk’s thoughts, on the other hand, seemed to contradict statements he made previously in the discussion. Whether Musk is asked if Tesla intends to construct more factories once its planned facilities in Austin, Texas, and Berlin are completed, he responds emphatically that “man, it’s difficult to build a factory.”
He predicted that Tesla will begin searching for sites in 2022 and make a decision by 2023, but he was apprehensive about the prospect.
Musk’s aim has always been to manufacture cars as near as feasible to the locations where they would be sold. As a result, Tesla built a factory in Shanghai (in order to service the Chinese market) and is now constructing a facility in Germany (to serve Europe). Whether manufacturing Teslas in space would make it any simpler to transport cars on Earth, where 100 percent of the world’s car-buying population presently lives, is unclear.
Musk’s SpaceX, which has grown into one of the most famous private space-exploration businesses since its inception about two decades ago, may not seem so far-fetched when considering the possibility of manufacturing Teslas on some distant planet — and maybe even selling them to residents there. The firm has carried people to and from the International Space Station, and it has been selected to put NASA astronauts on the Moon in the year 2024, according to the Space Foundation.