Tesla Chooses Berlin for Its European Gigafactory

Elon Musk announced the location of the new Gigafactory while receiving a Golden Steering Wheel Award.
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Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk announced Tuesday 12 November the electric car maker will build its European Gigafactory in Berlin. 

Musk made the comments when receiving a Golden Steering Wheel Award at a ceremony in Germany, according to media reports. 

“There’s not enough time tonight to tell all the details,” Musk said during an on-stage interview with Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess, reported TechCrunch. “But it’s in the Berlin area, and it’s near the new airport.”


Germany had always been in the lead

Musk said Tesla will also open an engineering and design center in Berlin, noting the city has "some of the best art in the world."  He said part of the decision behind choosing Germany for the Gigafactory is the level of engineering in the country. 

“Everyone knows that German engineering is outstanding and that’s part of the reason we’re locating our gigafactory Europe in Germany,” Musk said.

According to one report, European countries had been pulling out all the stops to get Tesla to build the next Gigafactory in their country. Musk reportedly said last year Germany was in the lead, mentioning the border of Germany and France as a good location. 

In a Tweet, Musk didn't provide much in the way of details other than to write "GIGA BERLIN." 

Berlin to be home to the fourth gigafactory 

The gigafactory in Berlin will mark the fourth for the electric cart maker. The company announced when it reported quarterly earnings that it completed its Shanghai Gigafactory ahead of schedule. It plans to build Model 3 and Model Y vehicles for the Chinese market in that facility.  

Before confirming the Shanghai Gigafactory was complete, leaked photos made the rounds online, showing Tesla conducting trial assembly runs of the Model 3. At the end of May it opened up pre-orders for the Model 3 in China. Orders are typically delivered six to ten months after pre-orders open.  Its other manufacturing operations are located in Buffalo, New York, near Reno Nevada and in Fremont, California.

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