Tesla planning facility in Southfield, Detroit for R&D and repairs

Tesla facility courtesy of the City of Southfield

The city of Southfield in Detroit granted Tesla approval for an installation.

The American company plans to expand an existing building to accommodate a center for research and development and repair of electric vehicles.

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Southfield had to update its zoning ordinance to accommodate Tesla’s plans because it did not cover electric vehicles and research design, as reported Detroit News.

Tesla will expand the building to 34,500 square feet. Southfield planning director Terry Croad described the project: “As I’ve been telling people, this isn’t your grandfather’s workshop. You know, there are no oils and gases, there are lots of computers and chips, and (you can) do diagnostics in a much cleaner way than your typical auto repair shop.

“It’s a well-known name. We continue to say that we are at the center of everything. We have just completed our master plan, in which we are trying to anticipate the shift of the industry to electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and automated vehicles. And we’re trying to position ourselves with our zoning to be flexible for these new technologies.

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