Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked Tesla chief executive Elon Musk to build a Tesla factory in Türkiye, Anadolu Agency posted on social media platform X. Erdogan asked Musk during a meeting at Turkish House, a skyscraper near the United Nations in New York, the Turkish state-owned news agency said. Musk was also set to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in California yesterday.
Musk posted on X that their talks would focus on artificial intelligence technology. Erdogan is in the US to attend the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Tesla and the Turkish embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Tesla in August expressed an interest in building a factory in India that would produce a low-cost electric vehicle (EV).
Tesla currently has six factories and is building a seventh in Mexico in northern Nuevo Leon state, part of the electric carmaker’s push to expand its global footprint. Musk said in May that the automaker would probably pick a location for a new factory by the end of this year.