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Tech & Science Tesla could build 500,000 vehicles per year at its new factory in Germany. Here's how the company's plants compare to others in the car business

03:42  15 december  2019
03:42  15 december  2019 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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Tesla could build 500 , 000 vehicles per year at its new factory in Germany . The proposed Berlin factory could build up to 500 , 000 vehicles annually, making it a pretty serious operation. Benjamin Zhang/ Business Insider. Tesla bought the plant from Toyota in 2010. In the 1980 s , it was operated

Here ' s how the company ' s plants compare to others in the car business . Tesla 's main factory is located in the East Bay town of Fremont, in northern California. Tesla bought the plant from Toyota in 2010. In the 1980s, it was operated as a joint venture between Toyota and GM and called " New

a close up of a red building: Tesla's California factory. Tesla's California factory.

Tesla currently operates a car factory in the San Francisco Bay Area and two "Gigafactories," near Reno, Nevada, and one in Buffalo, New York, (the latter handles solar panels, the former is manufacturing batteries in partnership with Panasonic).

Tesla intends to open a fully operational new Gigafactory in Shanghai, China, next year, with a Gigafactory near Berlin to follow.

The proposed Berlin factory could build up to 500,000 vehicles annually, making it a pretty serious operation.

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Tesla plans to build 500 , 000 electric vehicles a year at its new factory on the outskirts of Berlin, Germany ' s Bild newspaper reported on Wednesday. German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that Tesla will invest up to 4 billion euros (.41 billion) in the plant .

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Here's a closer look at Tesla facilities, as well as some notable plants operated by other automakers:

Tesla's main factory is located in the East Bay town of Fremont, in northern California.

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Tesla bought the plant from Toyota in 2010. In the 1980s, it was operated as a joint venture between Toyota and GM and called "New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc." or NUMMI.

a sign on the side of a road

Tesla still maintains NUMMI's old test track, which features a pair of banked loops.

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I took a spin on it a few years back. Tesla uses it to do a final test of new vehicles that leave the factory.

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Read more about the Tesla test track.

One unique feature of the Tesla factory is this enormous stamping press.

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The factory also has an army of robots.

Tesla's California factory. Tesla's California factory.

Here's Sheena Patterson, an Tesla employee I profiled a few years ago. She's actually designed some of the factory's robots.

a person standing in front of a building

Tesla has assembly lines inside the factory, but after an automated Model 3 line failed to work properly, the company added an outside line under a huge tent. Here's CEO Elon Musk talking to "60 Minutes" about the improvised structure.

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Tesla plans to build 500 , 000 electric vehicles a year at its new factory on the outskirts of Berlin. It also plans to raise the price of imported Model 3 The electric vehicle maker began production in the Shanghai factory in October on a trial basis and aims to produce at least 1, 000 Model 3 cars a week

Tesla wants to produce 500 , 000 cars per year at German plant . Tesla plans to build 500 , 000 electric vehicles a year at its new factory on the outskirts of Berlin, Germany ' s Bild Here ’ s the math behind that projection: Each Qualcomm (QCOM) 5G modem costs about , and Apple (AAPL)

Elon Musk wearing a suit and hat: Elon Musk. Elon Musk.

Tesla also has a headquarters in Silicon Valley. I profiled designer and engineer Rosie Mottsmith there.

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Tesla's design studio is located at the SpaceX rocket factory, south of Los Angeles. It's where Musk unveiled the company's New Roadster.

Elon Musk standing in front of a red car

The first Tesla Gigafactory was built near Reno, Nevada.

a highway with a mountain in the desert: An aerial shot of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. An aerial shot of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada.

Tesla also has a factory in Buffalo, New York. It's where the former SolarCity business has its panel-manufacturing operations.

a flag on top of a grass covered field

Tesla's newest Gigafactory is in Shanghai, China, and should come fully online in 2020.

a group of people on a beach: Tesla's factory was looking close to complete as of August when this photo was taken. Some reports have said the company may begin production there as soon as the fourth quarter of 2019. Tesla's factory was looking close to complete as of August when this photo was taken. Some reports have said the company may begin production there as soon as the fourth quarter of 2019.

What about the rest of the auto industry? Well, here's Ford's famous River Rouge complex. It was Henry Ford's pride and joy.

a tall building in a city

General Motors' Lordstown Assembly plant dates to the 1960s. It was controversially idled and then sold this year.

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FRANKFURT -- Tesla plans to build 500 , 000 electric vehicles a year at its new factory on the outskirts of Berlin, Germany ' s Bild newspaper reported. Tesla ' s plant will create 10, 000 jobs, Bild said, citing planning documents to develop the site which is as large as 420 soccer pitches.

a sign in front of a building

Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is among the newest in the US, opened in 2011. It's in what some call "Detroit South."

  Tesla could build 500,000 vehicles per year at its new factory in Germany. Here's how the company's plants compare to others in the car business

But the most notable factory in the world is perhaps Ferrari's complex in Maranello, Italy.

a large passenger jet sitting on top of a building

The complex is near Ferrari's legendary test track, Fiorano. Enzo Ferrari's actual house is adjacent to the track, where Ferrari tests its Formula One cars.

a view of a city

The facility is stunning. I've toured a lot of car factories. Ferrari's is something special.

a large building in the background

The wind tunnel was designed by architect Renzo Piano. It's known as the "Galleria del Vento."

  Tesla could build 500,000 vehicles per year at its new factory in Germany. Here's how the company's plants compare to others in the car business

Tesla could try to match Ferrari's aesthetics with its own new factory, planned for construction near Berlin.

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