Tesla Motors is set to open its first African office in Cape Town and the firm is hiring for various positions according to a report by MyBroadBand.
The report adds that Tesla Motors has hired someone who is undergoing induction in the US to come and run its first African office based in Cape Town. The firm is also advertising positions for Tesla Energy meanailing the cars and Powerwalls will be available for sale to the public soon. Media reports indicated the powerwalls were to be available late January this year.
Tesla’s engineers first designed the Tesla Roadster in 2008 and sold more than than 2,400 cars. In 2012, Tesla launched Model S, the world’s first premium electric sedan. The 100 percent electric, four-door car with a capacity for seven passengers was named Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year and achieved a 5-star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In late 2014, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled two dual motor all-wheel drive configurations of Model S achieving a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.2 seconds – the fastest four-door production car ever made. Now with more than 50,000 vehicles on the road worldwide, Tesla is preparing to launch Model X, a crossover vehicle that entered volume production in 2015.
Tesla’s Supercharger network provides convenient and free access to high speed charging, replenishing half a charge in as little as 20 minutes. Superchargers now connect popular routes in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
Tesla’s vehicles are produced at its factory in Fremont, California, previously home to New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors. The Tesla Factory has returned thousands of jobs to the area and is capable of producing 1,000 cars a week.
Tesla has an assembly facility in Tilburg, the Netherlands and a production plant in Lathrop, California. It also has a gigafactory in Nevada for production of a mass-market affordable vehicle, Model 3 and battery packs or powerwalls for use in stationary storage, helping to improve robustness of the electrical grid, reduce energy costs for businesses and residences, and provide a backup supply of power.
Launching in Africa will mean more market for the firm as well as helping firms reduce dependency on fuel and electricity.