Tesla chooses Germany as the site to build its first Gigafactory in Europe


Tesla announced plans to build its first European Gigafactory in Germany.

CEO Elon Musk said during an award ceremony in Berlin that the new factory will be located nearby the new airport being built in the nation’s capital.

“We definitely need to move faster than the airport, that's for sure,” Musk said regarding the late commencement of operations at this terminal.

He added that the company’s first Gigafactory in the European continent should be completed by late-2021. In this facility, Tesla will manufacture battery cells, the model 3, model Y, and a compact SUV, which market analysts say could become the brand’s best-seller. “We’ll also set up an engineering and design center in Berlin,” Musk said.

Politicians and experts commend Tesla’s decision

Dietmar Woidke, Prime Minister of Brandenburg, stated: “This is excellent news for our country. We have been campaigning for this for some time in intensive talks and with good arguments.”

Meanwhile, German Minister of Green Economy Ramona Pop took to her Twitter account to say: “Those with vision come to Berlin! Welcome to the Metropolitan Region, Tesla!”

Also, Minister of Economy Peter Altmaier commended the U.S. firm’s decision to build its fourth Gigafactory in Germany. “Tesla’s decision to build an ultra-modern factory for electric cars in Germany is further proof of the appeal of Germany as an automotive hub,” he said.

For his part, Professor Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, regarded as an expert in the sector and the automobile business at large, said: “Tesla will make us stronger”. “No one can imagine Tesla in Ukraine or Poland. The German car industry will benefit from this commitment.”

Tesla’s fourth Gigafactory

The Berlin facility will be the company’s fourth Gigafactory, with the first three located in Reno and Buffalo (United States) and Shanghai (China).

This Gigafactory will be built at an industrial site in Grünheide (Brandenburg) in the district of Oder-Spree. The site is located 35 kilometers from Berlin and its construction will create nearly 10,000 jobs.

German authorities hailed the move

Tesla’s decision was motivated by German authorities’ offer of subsidies of up to €6,000 for the purchase of these vehicles and a plan to install one million EV recharge points across the nation by 2030.

Dietmar Woidke, who held negotiations with Musk for six months, also believes that Tesla chose Germany due to green energy.

Regarding this, he stated: “We have the raw material of the future, we have renewable energy in Brandenburg,”

For more information, check Energía16

See also: Carmakers aspire to sell one million EVs in Europe in 2020

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