Lithuanians Send Minecraft-Style Video to Tesla To Build Factory In Their Country

Lithuanians have produced a video with a virtual production plant to entice Tesla to build its next factory in their country.

Vladas Lasas and 41 other Lithuanian gamers used the Lego-like Minecraft video game as a model for telling the story of how that factory would be set up in their country.

The Lithuanians called the mocked up factory a “Gigafactory” which is where batteries are produced now in Nevada, but otherwise they appear open to a production facility such as Tesla has now in Fremont, Calif. and which Tesla has suggested besides.

In November, Musk and Tesla CTO JB Straubel had traveled to Germany to complete the acquisition of a German engineering group, Grohmann Engineering. During that announcement with media, Musk said the company is planning “significant investments” in Europe for its ‘Gigafactory 2’ batteries and for producing electric vehicles.

Lasas said the Lithuanian group wants to send a message to Tesla CEO Elon Musk that their country “has plenty of skillful” people as well as an ideal factory location. He said that he and his 41 peers spent two days designing the virtual factory located in the central city of Kruonis, located near a hydroelectric plant and two airports.

It seems to have grabbed the automaker’s attention. This message was posted on the Tesla Twitter page on February 3:

“Lithuania knows the way to our heart: a Gigafactory 2 pitch using Minecraft,” said Tesla which linked the Minecraft-style video.

No date has been set by the company of where its next factory will be built. It’s estimated to cost the company about 5 billion euros ($5.4 billion) to build the next plant.

When Musk set a one million vehicle production goal in May 2016, he acknowledged that the company might not reach that scale – and that another vehicle manufacturing plant beyond the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., would be needed. The company has been considering opening plants in Europe and China, he said.

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“Whether that’s actually wise is a separate question,” he said. “For our future product lineup, we’re going to need more than one plant in North America just to satisfy North America demand.”

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