Elon Musk has confirmed that the fourth Gigafactory will be built in Berlin during an awards night earlier this week. The factory, that will build batteries, powertrains, and vehicles for the Tesla brand, will be operation by early 2021.
Musk also confirmed these plans on Twitter, where he wrote “Giga Berlin,” with hearts the colours of the German flag at the start and beginning of the post.
Will build batteries, powertrains & vehicles, starting with Model Y
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 12, 2019
It will be built “near the airport,” which is south of the city centre if this presumably means Brandenburg airport.
“I think Berlin has some of the best art in the world,” Musk said explaining how he wants to include a future design centre in the project.
“Everyone knows that German engineering is outstanding and that’s part of the reason we’re locating our Gigafactory Europe in Germany,” Musk adds.
Euro Giga will be operational by 2021 according to the latest earnings report, which will be the fourth factory after one in Buffalo and China, which are both operational, and a factory currently being built in Nevada. The factory will begin by with the Model Y.
The UK was in the crosshairs for a new factory previously, but now reports are emerging that link the withdrawal of this plan possibly connected to a Brexit uncertainty. Plus, Musk seems enticed by German build quality – something many automakers aspire for. He says: “Everyone knows that German engineering is outstanding, for sure. That’s part of the reason why we are locating our Gigafactory Europe in Germany.”
Not only this, but with the European market for electric cars, and Tesla models specifically, building a Gigafactory in Germany where they already have a presence is a move to cut logistical costs. Cars for Europe are currently being made in the Fremont plant in California. Having a Gigafactory within Europe will cut waiting times for customers, and expenditure for the company. Tesla is ready to ramp up production of the Model 3, so watch this space.