Tesla, the undisputed best manufacture of electric cars, will build a battery and car factory near Berlin. The announcement was made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in the German capital. He was here to receive the 2019 Golden Steering Wheel Award. This is one of the most popular German awards for new car models since 1976. It has been awarded by the Axel Springer SE owned-tabloid BILD. During an on stage interaction with Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess, Musk said there’s not enough time tonight to share all the details. However, he mentioned that the factory would come up in the Berlin area. Musk even tried to hint about the specific position of it and said that it would be near the new airport.
Emphasizing that Berlin has some of the best art in the world, Musk said that Tesla will create an engineering and design center. When asked about why Germany automakers have failed to keep pace with electrification with vehicles, Musk said, “I don’t think Germany is that far behind”. He even said that some of the best automobiles in the world are manufactured in Germany. “Everyone is aware of the outstanding German engineering and that is one of the reasons why we are setting up a factory here,” Musk said. Musk took to Twitter after the ceremony and shared information about what all will be built at Tesla’s European Gigafactory. Musk said powertrains, batteries, and vehicles starting with Model Y or lower-priced sports utility vehicle will be built at the factory.
Herbert Diess expressed gratitude towards the young entrepreneur for ‘pushing’ car manufacturers towards electrification. Volkswagen Group CEO later said that Tesla has demonstrated that electrification works. Tesla has been contemplating on a European production site for several years. Various European countries have been trying to lure the manufacturer to their soil. The new compound in Berlin would be designated as Gigafactory 4. The US state of Nevada has Gigafactory 1, New York has Gigafactory 2, and yet to be finished Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai, China.