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Tesla Gigafactory Europe

Tesla Gigafactory Europe (Gigafactory 4) is a proposed manufacturing plant for Tesla, Inc., set to be constructed in Grünheide, near Berlin, Germany.[1] The campus is 35 kilometres (20 mi) south-east of central Berlin on the Berlin–Wrocław railway, which forms the north border of the site between Erkner station and Fangschleuse railway station; and the A10 motorway, which forms the west border.

The facility was officially announced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk on November 12, 2019 at the Das Goldene Lenkrad award show in Berlin and is set to produce batteries, battery packs and powertrains for use in Tesla vehicles. It will also serve for assembly of the Tesla Model Y, which was announced in March 2019. Construction of the facility is set to begin in early 2020, with a proposed start of production in late 2021.[2][3] Musk also announced the establishment of a new design and development centre in nearby Berlin.[4]


Initial discussion of a Tesla gigafactory in Europe occurred as early as 2015.[5] The factory was then thought to be a combined electric battery manufacturing facility and automobile factory.[6][7] In 2016, Tesla was anticipating to announce the factory in 2017.[8][9]

The factory had previously been referred to as Gigafactory 2 prior to 22 February 2017, when Tesla began to refer to the SolarCity Gigafactory in Buffalo, New York as Gigafactory 2. By 2017, the Europe Gigafactory was expected to be named either Gigafactory 4 or 5.[10][11] In the event, in November 2019, it became Gigafactory 4.[12]

More than ten European countries campaigned to have the factory located within their jurisdictions.[13][14]

There was intense competition among European countries to host the Gigafactory because of its significant contribution to the economy. The sprawling facility, which is expected to be one of the largest manufacturing lines in Europe, will need a considerable number of employees despite many highly automated processes. There is also a concerted effort in the region to encourage battery manufacturing since it is viewed as a strategic economic measure due to an increasing global transition towards renewable energy.[35] A 2018 report revealed, for instance, that the world will need at least 25 more gigafactories by 2025.[36] The projected uptick in demand for electric cars and in-home power storage systems is causing concern about a European fuel dependency on Asia, which, as of early 2018, accounted for 88 percent of global battery manufacturing capacity.[37] European governments are now providing subsidies and incentives to companies like Tesla as well as local battery manufacturing startups like Northvolt and TerraE to build production infrastructure within its borders.[38] According to Matthias Machnig, state secretary at the German economy ministry:

We are in the center of the biggest and deepest change in the automotive industry since its beginning. We would be naïve to think we can handle battery technology as a commodity that can be bought anywhere in the world.[37]

Gigafactory Berlin descriptionEdit

Gigafactory Berlin will manufacture batteries, battery packs, powertrains, and fully-assembled vehicles. Initial production will be of the Tesla Model Y.[39][3]

See alsoEdit


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Coordinates: 52°24′N 13°48′E / 52.4°N 13.8°E / 52.4; 13.8 (Tesla Gigafactory 4: Berlin/Brandenburg, Europe)