Tesla would bring its first European production site to Germany

Tesla chief Elon Musk announced yesterday that the electric-vehicle pioneer would bring its first European production site to the heart of Germany, by building its first plant in Berlin. Mr Musk made the announcement as he received the Golden Steering Wheel award from Bild, Germany’s most popular tabloid newspaper… Mr Musk has long said that Tesla will build a gigafactory in Europe, but no country had been announced until yesterday. It follows the company’s expansion into Shanghai, where Tesla’s first Model 3s to be made in China are now rolling of the production line… The entrepreneur was joined on stage by Herbert Diess, Volkswagen chief executive, who praised Mr Musk “for pioneering, for pulling us, for pushing us”. The Volkswagen Group is on track to become the world’s largest electric-vehicle manufacturer, with a plan to produce more than 22 million electric vehicles in the next decade. Its new Porsche Taycan is a direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3, while the ID.3, VW’s first mass- market electric hatchback is due to go on sale next year… Berlin is not, however, the epicentre of German car production. Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg headquarters is 228 kilometers to the west, while Stuttgart, home to Daimler, Bosch and Porsche, is 632 kilometers south-west.

Patrick McGee and Joe Miller

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