Tesla Gigafactory will be built in Berlin
Several weeks ago, we were still debating where the best place for a European Gigafactory would be. We knew that Tesla wants to build one in Europe. We also knew that it was very likely to be Germany. But we didn't quite expect the particular location that Musk revealed at the "Goldenes Lenkrad"-awards (translates to "Golden Steering Wheel").
Model of a Tesla Gigafactory
Of course, it wouldn't be Elon Musk if he didn't have another surprise up his sleeve. And although he recently announced that he would stop using Twitter, he used the platform to let the world know about his plans:
Although he hasn't mentioned the exact location yet, experts have narrowed the vague "close to Schönefeld Airport" down to a property in Grünewald that had previously been considered for a BMW-factory.
He was very diplomatic about the reason for his decision, praising German engineering. In addition to the Gigafactory, he announced that Tesla will build a design and innovation center in Berlin. That's good news for the area!
In his tweet, he also announced the purpose of the German Gigafactory. According to Musk, it will be building "batteries, powertrains & vehicles, starting with [the] Model Y" (Twitter). The Gigafactory is planned to go into service by the end of 2021.