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Lithuanians badly want Tesla Motors to build its next giant factory on their soil, so to grab the attention of the California tech company, they built a virtual version of a facility inside the Minecraft video game.
Vladas Lasas, who was behind the project, says they wanted to send a message to Tesla CEO Elon Musk that Lithuania “has plenty of skillful” people as well as a perfect factory site. He said Saturday that 41 computer geeks spent two days building the virtual factory in Kruonis in central Lithuania near a hydroelectric plant and two airports.
Tesla tweeted Friday: “Lithuania knows the way to our heart.”
Lithuania knows the way to our heart: a Gigafactory 2 pitch using Minecraft. https://t.co/V5COhmMkdu
— Tesla (@TeslaMotors) February 3, 2017
No date has been set for the announcement of where the factory — estimated to cost 5 billion euros ($5.4 billion) — will be built.
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