Britain lost, Germany won – the new Tesla factory near Berlin
We all know that German engineering is exceptional, and this is one of the reasons we choose Germany for our factory in Europe, said Tesla’s CEO
Elon Musk has chosen Germany over Britain as the first European Tesla electric car factory because Britain is “too risky” because of Brexit.
The billionaire announced that he is opening a Tesla development center in Berlin. He did so on Tuesday at a Golden Steering Awards ceremony, organized precisely in Berlin by the auto magazine Auto Build and the Bild am Zontag newspaper.
We all know that German engineering is exceptional, and this is one of the reasons we choose Germany for our factory in Europe, said Tesla’s CEO.
He then explained in an interview that uncertainty surrounding Brexit was making the UK too risky for the gig factory.
In 2014, Musk said he wanted to build a factory in the UK, and in 2016, Brexit was unlikely to have a “significant impact” on his company’s plans.
On Tuesday, Musk said the so-called Giga Factory 4 will be located near Berlin’s new airport, which is about to be opened south of the German capital. Musk also said Tesla would also set up an engineering and design center in Berlin.
According to Tesla’s previous statements, the company’s goal is to start producing electric vehicles in Europe in 2021, and Germany’s choice is due to the growing appetite for electric vehicles.