Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has announced the electric car giant will begin construction on a brand new factory near the city of Berlin in 2020. In a tweet sent out on Nov 12, Musk proclaimed the new Tesla factory “will build batteries, powertrains, and vehicles, starting with the Model Y.”
Musk made the initial announcement after he received the ‘Golden Steering wheel’ award in the category of best car in the middle/upper vehicle class from German Auto publication Auto Bild. According to Auto Bild, Musk said the factory will be constructed near the unfinished Berlin Airport. Along with a new factory, Tesla will be opening a design and engineering center in Berlin.
🖤♥️💛 GIGA BERLIN 💛♥️🖤
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 12, 2019
“Everyone knows German engineering is outstanding for sure. You know that is part of the reason why we are locating Gigafactory Europe in Germany,” Musk said at the awards.
Musk didn’t give away too much information about aspects of the factory like number of employees or factory size, but there have been reports of the company listing job offers on a German website on Tuesday.
If all goes according to plan, this will be the fourth Gigafactory constructed by Tesla, following Gigafactory 1 in the state of Nevada, Gigafactory 2 in New York, and the still unfinished Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai.