The electric car manufacturer Tesla will build its European factory in the vicinity of Berlin as Tesla boss Elon Musk surprisingly announced on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 at the "Golden Steering Wheel" awards ceremony of "Auto Bild" and "Bild am Sonntag" in Berlin.
Elon Musk, head of Tesla, holds his award in the medium/upper class category in his hand after receiving the Golden Steering Wheel award.
In response to questions, he said the Gigafactory 4 was to be built near the planned Capital Airport BER. For the time being, he did not give any more details.
Brandenburg's Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) told the German Press Agency: "This is excellent news for our country. We have been campaigning for this for some time in intensive talks and with good arguments. I am happy that Elon Musk has chosen Brandenburg as our location". Berlin's Economics Senator Ramona Pop (Green Party) twittered: "Those who have visions come to Berlin! Welcome to the metropolitan region, Tesla!"
Gigafactory 4 to produce batteries and cars
As the "Welt" reported, Musk surprisingly came to the awarding of the prize. Tesla had been looking for a long time for a location for a "Gigafactory" for the production of batteries and vehicles in Europe. Musk had already said before that Germany had good chances. Tesla had only recently stated that they were on the home straight and wanted to announce the location by the end of the year.
But there were more talks about other federal states - including Saarland and Lower Saxony. Berlin was not on the radar. According to "Tagesspiegel" research, this was a potential industrial site in Grünheide in Brandenburg in the Oder-Spree district southeast of Berlin, which had already been in the race to locate a BMW plant. Brandenburg's government spokesman did not confirm this. Tesla wants to announce details about the concrete location, he said.
Tesla plant to go into operation in 2021
The factory in Germany is expected to go into operation at the end of 2021, according to previous information. It will produce the currently most important Tesla Model 3 vehicle for the European market as well as the future compact SUV Model Y designed on its basis. With the Model 3, which is currently available in Germany at a price of over 44,000 euros, Tesla intends to open up a broader market.
Tesla built the first Gigafactory in the desert in the US state of Nevada, which so far only produces batteries. Only recently, a factory was completed in China, also for the production of the Model 3. In Europe, Tesla has so far assembled several vehicles of the more expensive S and X model series in the Netherlands. However, Musk repeatedly made it clear that he sees the future of the company primarily in Model 3 and Model Y. The company is a pioneer in electromobility, but in the face of expensive and delayed production start-ups for new models, it has repeatedly struggled with money problems.