Tesla is bringing its electric cars to the coronary heart of the oil producing world.

The automaker introduced Monday that its first official enterprise in the Middle East might be in the United Arab Emirates.

The first cars — the Model S and Model X — will hit the street this summer season.

“Timing seems to be good to really make a significant debut in this region starting in Dubai,” Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk mentioned at the World Government Summit in Dubai.

Tesla homeowners can have entry to two present supercharging stations in the UAE, and Telsa plans to open 5 extra by the finish of the 12 months.

Despite sitting on large oil and gasoline reserves, the UAE has formidable plans to go green. Last month it mentioned it is going to make investments $163 billion to increase various power use over the subsequent three a long time.

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It’s the newest in a collection of growth bulletins for Tesla. Last week, Musk hinted that Tesla may soon come to India.

Musk has additionally teased plans to construct “heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport” as effectively creating a ride-hailing community, which could possibly be related to Uber.

Speaking in Dubai, the entrepreneur expounded on the way forward for robotics.

“We will see autonomy and artificial intelligence advance tremendously,” Musk mentioned. “In probably 10 years, it will be very unusual for cars to be built that are not fully autonomous.”

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But he additionally warned of the “disruptive” nature of autonomous automobiles.

“That disruption I’m talking about will take place over about 20 years. Still, 20 years is a short period of time to have something like 12% to 15% of the workforce be unemployed.”

Musk mentioned governments should pay shut consideration to synthetic intelligence, create sustainable transport and be cautious of mass unemployment.

“This will be a massive social challenge. Ultimately, we need to think about universal basic income. I don’t think we have a choice,” he mentioned. “There will be fewer and fewer jobs that a robot cannot do better.”

— Seth Fiegerman contributed reporting.

Trident BloggerMoney (Dubai) First revealed February 13, 2017: 11:06 AM ET

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