Foreign Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, has invited Tesla’s owner, Elon Musk, to establish a car factory in Pakistan after the billionaire’s company shared its goal of producing half a million electric vehicles in its upcoming factory near Berlin.
Chaudhry tagged Musk in his tweet in response to a news story shared by Al-Arabiya while highlighting the benefits of starting an electric car factory in Pakistan.
Chaudhry made a logical argument that 68% of the world’s population lives within a 3.5 hours flight radius from Islamabad, making Pakistan an ideal spot for the export of electric vehicles.
The minister said that Pakistan offers ten years zero tax facility with duty-free import for factory set-up, adding that the country is also the 3rd biggest freelance market in terms of software exports.
The US automaker is planning to build its fourth factory in Gruenheide near Berlin where it will be producing 500,000 electric cars including Model 3 and Model Y along with future Tesla models.
The company aims to start the plant termed as Gigafactory in 2021. The plans are yet to undergo an environmental impact review as well as public consultation.
The American billionaire, however, hasn’t responded to Chaudhry’s tweet or invitation as of yet.