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Tesla to Build a EV Gigafactory near Berlin in Germany

Auto News - Published on Thu, 14 Nov 2019

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Tesla plans to open a factory near Berlin that would make batteries, powertrains and vehicles, starting with the company’s newest model, a compact sport utility vehicle called the Model Y. Mr Elon Musk, Tesla’s chairman, delivered the news on a stage in the German capital on Tuesday after being awarded the Golden Steering Wheel, a German automobile prize, for the Tesla Model 3. He said “I actually have an announcement that I think will hopefully be well received,” he said, with leaders of Germany’s automobile industry in the audience. We’ve decided to put the Tesla Gigafactory Europe in the Berlin area.”

Mr. Musk provided few details about the plant, which would be Tesla’s first major factory in Europe, and did not say when and where exactly it would be built or how many people would be hired.

Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, is quickly becoming the European battleground for building electric vehicles, as both the German government and manufacturers invest in the new technology. The government recently announced plans to subsidize the purchase of electric vehicles by as much as USD 5,500, in a bid to bring 10 million electric cars onto German roads by 2030. The government plans to support those with 300,000 publicly accessible charging stations.

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Posted By : Arun Huidrom on Thu, 14 Nov 2019
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