Tesla to open first European Gigafactory in Germany
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Tuesday that the company’s fourth Gigafactory will be built in Berlin, Germany and added that the UK was not a suitable location due to the Brexit related uncertainty.
Elon Musk made the announcement unexpectedly on a stage as he was receiving the Golden Steering Wheel Award From BILD in Germany.
"Tonight there is not enough time to tell all the details, but it [the Gigafactory] will be in the Berlin area, near the new airport.
"Everyone knows that German engineering is exceptional and that is part of the reason why we are placing our first Gigafactory Europe in Germany."
Musk also said that Tesla would be building their first center of engineering and European design in the same city.
Speaking to Auto Express following the announcement, Musk said: “Brexit [uncertainty] made it too risky to put a gigafactory in the UK.”
The announcement of the first Gigafactory in Europe came as the company was just finishing the construction of its third Gigafactory in Shanghai.
Tesla’s first factory opened in 2016 (but was still under construction) outside Reno, Nevada, and its second was located in New York.
In a recent earnings report, Tesla said the European Gigafactory would likely be operational by 2021. The company predicted it would be similar to the Shanghai facility as well, since it would be producing Model 3 sedans and Model Y crossovers.