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Technology Elon Musk: Tesla will make cars in Berlin

14:50  13 november  2019
14:50  13 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk pledged to build "Gigafactory 4" in the Berlin area. Several countries have attempted to sway the company toward building a factory on their territory. The best-known producer of electric cars , Tesla , will build a car and battery factory near Berlin , founder and

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Tuesday the electric- car He said in an awards ceremony in Germany the factory will be near the new Berlin airport. Tesla has an engineering firm in Pruem, Germany, that specializes in automated manufacturing systems for battery- making plants.

Less than three weeks after starting trial production of cars in China, Tesla has announced the location of its second factory outside the United States: Berlin.

a person standing in front of a store: A Tesla Model 3 stands in the showroom at Kudamm in Berlin.© Soeren Stache/Getty Images A Tesla Model 3 stands in the showroom at Kudamm in Berlin.

In a tweet late Tuesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the plant would build batteries, powertrains and vehicles, "starting with the Model Y." The factory is also expected to produce the Model 3, the company's best-selling car.

Tesla has already posted jobs for construction, operations, engineering and manufacturing workers for the factory in the German capital. The US carmaker did not say when its factory would open, or how many cars would be produced there. Tesla declined to provide additional details.

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BERLIN — Elon Musk announced on Tuesday night that Tesla , the electric carmaker, would open a new plant close to the German capital that would make batteries, powertrains and vehicles, starting with the company’s newest model, a compact sport utility vehicle called the Model Y. Mr. Musk

Tesla 's chief executive, Elon Musk , has said Berlin will be the site of its first European factory as the carmaker's expansion plans power ahead. End of Twitter post by @ elonmusk . The focus on Germany comes amid rising appetite for electric cars in Europe. Over the coming years, the biggest

The move takes the great electric car race to Germany, the manufacturing heart of Europe and the home of Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW.

Volkswagen has made the most aggressive move of the traditional auto companies into electric vehicles, announcing plans to invest €30 billion ($33 billion) to electrify its entire product lineup over the next four years.

The world's largest carmaker has just started making its new ID.3 electric vehicle series and recently announced a deal with Sweden's Northvolt to build a giant battery factory in Germany. One of the group's luxury brands, Audi, is already building electric SUVs that are designed to appeal to potential Tesla buyers.

Musk came face-to-face with his main German rival on Tuesday, when he appeared onstage with Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess at an awards ceremony in Berlin.

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Tesla 's founder and CEO, Elon Musk . Bloomberg. Musk , in an awards ceremony in Germany, said the factory will be near the new Berlin airport, adding it The plant is producing cars in small quantities as part of preparations. Tesla is working with local authorities to obtain manufacturing certification and

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Diess praised the billionaire entrepreneur for showing that electric cars are capable of competing with vehicles powered by fossil fuels. But he also eluded to the looming competition between the carmakers.

"I'm happy that Elon is pulling us, but I think the German industry is really now strongly investing — and we will keep you alert," Diess told Musk.

The big question is whether Tesla can hold onto its lead in electric-car manufacturing once Volkswagen and other established carmakers really get into the game. The old guard have several advantages: they possess huge expertise in manufacturing and deep pockets that can fund new technology.

In 2018, Volkswagen delivered a record 10.8 million cars. The company has 665,000 employees and annual revenue of $265 billion.

Hosting Tesla

Peter Altmaier, Germany's economics minister, touted the new Tesla factory as a vote of confidence in his country.

"The decision by Tesla to build a highly modern factory for electric cars in Germany is further proof of the attractiveness of Germany as an automotive manufacturing base," he said in a statement.

Hosting Tesla is a major prize. In an interview with a trade publication, Musk said that the United Kingdom, another major European base for global carmakers including Nissan, had lost out because of Brexit.

"Brexit [uncertainty] made it too risky to put a Gigafactory in the UK," Musk told Auto Express.

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