Musk drops bomb: Tesla wants to build "Gigafactory" near Berlin

              Wednesday, November 13, 2019

              That Tesla wants to build a so-called Gigafactory in Europe is well known. There are also German job applications, for example from Saarland and Lower Saxony. But the factory, which is scheduled to go into operation by the end of 2021, is being built near Berlin.
              The electric car manufacturer Tesla will build its European factory in the outskirts of Berlin. Tesla boss Elon Musk announced the surprising at the awarding of the "Golden Steering Wheel" of "Auto Bild" and "Bild am Sonntag" in Berlin. The plant was to be built near the planned capital city airport BER. The "Gigafactory" will initially build the future compact SUV Model Y as well as batteries and drives. Tesla Motors (USD) 349.93 Tesla will also locate an engineering and design center in Berlin, said Musk. "Germany builds great cars." That had been one of the reasons for the location decision. Tesla had long been looking for a location for a "gigafactory" for the production of batteries and vehicles in Europe. Although other countries showed interest, Musk had previously said that Germany has good chances. Work is scheduled to go into operation by the end of 2021. But other states were in discussion – Saarland and Lower Saxony among others. Berlin and Brandenburg were not on the radar. According to "Tagesspiegel" research, the location is a potential industrial area in Grünheide in the district of Oder-Spree in the southeast of Berlin, which was once in the race for the establishment of a BMW plant. Brandenburg government spokesman did not confirm this. Details on the specific location wanted to announce Tesla, he said. The factory in Germany is expected to go into operation by the end of 2021. Musk tweeted that Model Y should be the first vehicle out of the factory. The compact SUV based on the current Tesla hopefuls Model 3 could, according to experts, the best-selling vehicle of the company. Tesla wants to open up a broader market with the Model 3, which is currently priced at over 44,000 euros in Germany. Overloading the VermontWork StationThe first "Gigafactory", which has so far produced only batteries, was built by Tesla in the desert US state of Nevada. Only recently, a factory in China was completed in less than six months. There are to be built up to 150,000 vehicles per year, first the Model 3, then the Model Y.The Model 3 is currently being built in the Tesla headquarters in Fremont in Silicon Valley. The factory is so overloaded that Musk had a production line built in a tent next to the factory buildings. In Europe, Tesla has been mounting some of the more expensive S and X models in the Netherlands. But Musk has repeatedly made it clear he sees the future of the company first and foremost in the Model 3 and in the model Y.Musk and the symbolic power Tesla is a pioneer in electromobility, but fought in the face of expensive and delayed production starts on new models again and again with high losses. At the same time, virtually every quarterly figure from the company discusses whether the demand for electric cars is generally strong enough to support Musk's ambitious growth plans. Also, growing competition is emerging from China, where electric vehicles are massively funded by the state. The settlement of the factory in Germany also has symbolic power. Tesla ventures into the home country of German premium carmakers, who often fight for the same shoppers shifts – so comes the Model 3 as a direct opponent of BMW's 3 Series. The Germans are also in the process of setting up a wider range of electric vehicles. Three years ago Tesla bought the German machine manufacturer Grohmann, who specializes in production lines. Woidke: "I'm happy" Brandenburg's Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke from the SPD said: "This is great news for our country I am happy that Elon Musk has chosen Brandenburg as our location. " Berlin's Economics Senator Ramona Pop from the Greens tweeted: "Visitors have come to Berlin! Welcome to the Metropolitan Region, Tesla!"

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