Tesla Says Germany Is The First Choice For Its First European Gigafactory

Just two weeks after confirming that Tesla will construct a Gigafactory in Shanghai, chief executive Elon Musk says the brand’s first European Gigafactory will probably be built in Germany.

Responding to a tweet suggesting that Germany could be the best place to build a Gigafactory, Musk wrote: “Germany is a leading choice for Europe. Perhaps on the German-French border makes sense, near the Benelux countries”.

Choosing Germany as the location for a new Gigafactory would make sense for the automaker as it already has operations in Pruem, Germany, just 30 km from Belgium. Tesla’s Grohamm Engineering division that specializes in automated manufacturing systems is based there and, in recent months, it has also played a vital role in boosting Model 3 production.

Tesla isn’t the only company looking to build automotive batteries in Germany. China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) is currently in talks with the German state of Thuringia to construct its batteries in the country, Reuters reports. CATL, as well as LG Chem and Samsung, was recently tapped by Volkswagen to supply $25 billion worth of batteries for future electric vehicles.

It’s not just Europe and Asia where Tesla’s Gigafactory ambitions start and end. The company has previously said that at least one more is in the works. Additionally, a number of other battery manufacturers intend on following Tesla’s lead by creating huge battery production facilities.

The first of Tesla’s plants, Gigafactory 1, is still being constructed in Nevada, thanks largely to over $3 billion of investment from Panasonic. Tesla believes the plant will slash the cost of battery cells and make its future models significantly more affordable.

  • lagunas3ca

    Should be Hungary, considering the Germans already have an extensive list of vehicles being manufactured there currently, but I understand with Soros onboard Tesla that will not happen now.

  • krusshall

    Probably a not so subtle hint to Germany to pony up.

  • Six_Tymes

    wait, what the HECK? Will Germany fund them for this? The US better not.

  • ProtectOurHeritage

    We should be asking which major car manufacturer will pick up the intellectual property from Tesla after Musk lets them go bust? I’m thinking it could be a German consortium, in a similar fashion to how they acquired HERE Technologies.

  • dojevu

    Yes, Germany as well France, Belgium and the Netherlands competing to subsidize a new factory with tax payers money would indeed be ideal.

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    Build it in norway, norway is the europan country there it sells most electric cars.

    • lagunas3ca

      Where are you going to build a Gigafactory in a country with an arable area of 2.5% ffs.

  • TheHake

    I find that VERY strange. Especially with the tax benefits that the Netherlands offer to these types of companies. Google just bought a large piece of land for another data center in the North East of NL.

  • lagunas3ca

    You have too much time on your hands.

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