Elon Musk says Tesla is considering building a factory in Russia

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

  • Elon Musk told a conference in Moscow that Tesla was looking at building a factory in Russia.
  • Musk said there should be “more dialogue” between Russia and the US, per Bloomberg.
  • Musk said he was invited to speak at the conference by a Kremlin spokesman, Bloomberg reported.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk told a conference in Moscow that the company was considering building a production hub in Russia, Reuters and Bloomberg reported Friday.

Musk, appearing via video link on Friday morning, said Russia was among the countries where the carmaker could “potentially” build a factory, Bloomberg reported.

Musk said there should be “more dialogue” between the US and Russia, and that Russia possesses “a lot of talent and energy,” per Bloomberg.

Musk said he had been invited to appear at the conference by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, and added that he was a “huge admirer” of Russia’s achievements, Bloomberg reported.

Rumors began to circulate this week that the Tesla CEO was looking for a country in which to build a new factory after he visited the UK.

Outside of the US, Tesla has two factories: one in Shanghai, China, and one near Berlin, Germany. Production at its German factory has not yet begun. It had planned to start in July, but Tesla has now given its German team six more months to start production.

Earlier this year ,Musk had a bizarre interaction with the Kremlin, after tweeting at its official Twitter account in February to ask if President Vladimir Putin would join him for a public discussion on Clubhouse, the audio-based social media app. A Kremlin spokesperson later said Musk had not answered follow-up questions about the suggestion.

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Elon Musk reportedly ghosted the Kremlin after inviting Putin to a Clubhouse chat

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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

  • Elon Musk reportedly didn’t respond to a follow up about chatting with Vladimir Putin on Clubhouse.
  • Musk tweeted at the Kremlin last month, inviting Putin to join him on the popular audio app. 
  • A Kremlin spokesperson said Musk didn’t respond and called the situation a “misunderstanding.”
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Elon Musk appears to have had second thoughts about his offer to chat with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Clubhouse. 

Last month, Musk tweeted at the Kremlin’s Twitter account, asking if Putin would join him for a conversation on the popular audio app. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters at the time that “It’s undoubtedly a very interesting offer, but we need to know what he means, what’s he’s proposing.” 

But it appears that Musk never responded to follow-up questions about the proposed chat, Bloomberg’s Ilya Arkhipov and Andrey Biryukov reported on Tuesday. 

“Apparently there was some kind of misunderstanding. Most likely, this matter is exhausted,” Peskov told reporters, according to Bloomberg. 

Clubhouse is an invitation-only social media app that launched last year. The app relies on audio-based social networking where users can join dedicated rooms to discuss topics like business or sports. In recent weeks, Clubhouse has hosted high-profile users including Mark Zuckerberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Clubhouse has raised $110 million from investors including Andreeseen Horowitz and is now valued at around $1 billion

Musk has been active on Clubhouse, interviewing Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev in a bizarre and wide-ranging conversation following the GameStop stock saga last month. Thousands of people tuned in to see the discussion, which was hosted by a Clubhouse talk show called “The Good Time Show,” which is formatted similarly to a live podcast. 

Musk also said last month that he and longtime friend Kanye West would participate in an interview on Clubhouse. A host from “The Good Time Show” later tweeted that the show was working on scheduling an upcoming interview with Musk and West. 

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