Elon Musk's Tesla car company is a global success in the electric vehicle field, but you may not know that three of their top engineers are Greek. Principal motor designer Konstantinos Laskaris; motor design engineer Konstantinos Bourchas; and staff motor design engineer Vasilis Papanikolaou, all of whom have degrees from the National Technical University of Athens are preparing to move back to Athens under the company’s plans to open an R&D facility in Corinth that will be known as Tesla Greece.
And the best part for billionaire owner Musk is that at the annual Delphi economic forum, head of the Hellenic Entrepreneurs’ Association, Vasilis Apostolopoulos said: “I have personally emailed Musk to welcome Tesla Greece … and to say that for the next 10 years I will give, at zero cost to his company, my group’s own industrial plant outside Corinth so that Greece can be on the frontline of global innovation.”
It is seen as a vote of confidence in Greece's debt ridden economy and Apostolopoulos hopes the move will secure Greece's position on the frontline of global innovation.
Certainly from what we have seen in Greece in recent years, the green shoots of recovery do start to be appearing and there are many positive signs that give reason to be optimistic. There are many sides to this debate and the economic and political stories from the country are certainly ones worth telling with our cameras.