Tesla to build R&D group in Greece to tap into local talent

Electrek — Tesla’s has been expanding in Europe over the last few years with teams in the UK and Germany.

Now  the automaker is also building a small research and development office in Athens, to develop new electric motor technologies.

The nature of the company’s presence was never clear since Greece is a market that Tesla has yet to officially enter.


Three of Tesla’s top electric motor designers, Principal Motor Designer Konstantinos Laskaris, Motor Design Engineer Konstantinos Bourchas, and Staff Motor Design Engineer Vasilis Papanikolaou, all came out of the National Technical University of Athens.

The company wants to tap even more into this local electrical engineering talent with an office in the Greek capital.


The team will be relatively small – starting with just 10 engineers