FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Electric car manufacturer Tesla < TSLA .O> scout out locations for a possible factory in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia ( NRW ), Germany's most populous state, the Rheinische Post reported daily Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter.
The first inspections have taken place, the newspaper states.
Advocates in Europe were not immediately available for comment.  Tesla chief Elon Musk said in a tweet in April that the company "is considering" building a factory in Germany.
Last year, Musk said that Germany was a leading choice in Europe to build a Gigafactory, and let “the German- French border make sense, close to the Benelux countries. ”
NRW Germany's most populous state, shares borders with the Netherlands and Belgium.
Tesla is also looking at the German state of Lower Saxony, which shares a border with the Netherlands, Finance Minister Bernd Althusmann said earlier this week.
(Reporting by Christoph Steitz; Editing by Frances Kerry)