LONDON — A documented check out by Tesla CEO Elon Musk to the U.K. has prompted speculation that the entrepreneur is reconsidering Britain as a internet site for the creation of batteries or cars and trucks.

Musk flew to the U.K. previous week to check out Bristol in southwest England to perspective a prospective auto manufacturing facility internet site, the Periods of London documented, without the need of quoting sources. Musk may have visited the internet site of a previous munitions plant in Bridgewater, southwest of Bristol, the paper explained. The internet site is being redeveloped as an energy-related business enterprise park.

Tesla is at the moment constructing a auto manufacturing facility plant in Berlin, Germany, in the beginning to develop the Design 3. Creation is scheduled to get started in 2021, casting doubt on irrespective of whether Tesla would require a next plant in the U.K.

Musk has beforehand explained Britain had been in the functioning for the plant locale but Germany was picked simply because of considerations about the long term of the U.K.’s long term buying and selling connection with Europe. The U.K. give up the EU on Jan. 31 and is at the moment negotiating a trade deal with the bloc.

The auto field in southwest England has been dealt blows next Honda’s announcement it will shut its Swindon plant upcoming 12 months, as nicely as by Dyson’s decision not to generate an electrical SUV at the previous Hullavington airfield in Chippenham.

Twitter consumers speculated that Musk’s check out to Bridgwater may also be related to Tesla’s shift into energy storage. Tesla recently confirmed that it will start its Autobidder automated energy buying and selling system in the U.K. just after the Telegraph newspaper documented Tesla has applied to be an energy supplier there.

The Autobidder system is being utilised to distribute electric power to South Australia from Tesla’s Hornsdale Power Reserve exactly where the automaker built the world’s largest lithium ion battery storage system in 2017.