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Tesla plans to produce Model 3 in the new European Gigafactory

by Eva Fox January 04, 2020

Tesla plans to produce Model 3 in the new European Gigafactory

Tesla Gigafactory Europe (Gigafactory 4) is manufacturing plant for Tesla, Inc., to be constructed in Grünheide, near Berlin, Germany. The campus will be located 20 miles (35 kilometers) southeast of the center of Berlin on the Berlin-Wroclaw railway, which forms the northern boundary of the site between Erkner station and Fangschlese railway station; and the A10 motorway, which forms the western border.

This object was officially announced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk on November 12, 2019 at the Das Goldene Lenkrad Award Ceremony in Berlin and, as he said, was intended for the production of batteries, battery packs and powertrains for use in Tesla vehicles. It will also have to serve to build the Tesla Model Y, which was announced in March 2019. Construction of the facility should begin in early 2020, with the expected start of production at the end of 2021. Elon Musk also announced the creation of a new design and development center in neighboring Berlin.

Tesla posted over 30 jobs for Gigafactory Berlin on its website, including a construction manager, construction project manager, and lead mechanical engineer.

According to information provided by the government of the state of Brandenburg, more than 3,000 jobs are planned at the first stage in Grünheide, and after expansion it can increase to 8,000. The administrator of the Oder-Spree district, Rolf Lindemann, said in December that up to 4,000 people should work in a three-shift plant.

Source: Tesla

Yesterday, January 3, it became known that the approval process for the planned factory of the American electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla in Grünheide (Oder-Spree) near Berlin has already begun. The project was published in the Amtsblatt für Brandenburg newspaper on Friday, as announced by the Ministry of the Environment in Potsdam.

After reviewing the project, it was discovered that Tesla was expanding its plans for the production capacities of Gigafactory 4. It became known that in addition to the production of Model Y, the company will also produce Model 3 in its European factory.

Source: Amtsblatt für Brandenburg

"The project essentially comprises the construction and the operation of a system for the construction and assembly of the Models 3 and Y and future models with an estimated annual production of 500,000 electric vehicles. Object will be contain the following stages of production: press shop, foundry, body shop, paint shop, seat manufacturing, plastic manufacturing, battery manufacturing, drive and final assembly manufacturing. There is also a wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of 252 m3/h, a central supply building, a delivery area and an employee parking lot intended." 

Such a move from the company seems very reasonable. Model 3 has become one of the most popular car models this year around the world. Europe is a large consumer of this model, so now Europeans will be able to purchase Model 3, cheaper, since there will be no need to transport cars from the USA.

Moreover, Eastern Europe is still having difficulty acquiring Tesla cars. In order to pick up their car, residents of Eastern Europe are forced to go to the Netherlands for it, which stops many potential buyers from buying Tesla. Also, the countries of Asia Minor and Central Asia are also currently experiencing difficulties in buying Model 3.

If the production of the most popular and cheapest Tesla model is established in Germany, this will greatly simplify the process of acquiring a car for buyers and open up a new sales markets for Tesla.

Featured image: Photo by James Bareham /The Verge




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