Elon Musk confirms that the United Kingdom lost Tesla Gigafabrica 4 to Brexit

11.14.2019     /     News author: Oksana

Elon Musk confirms that the United Kingdom lost Tesla Gigafabrica 4 to Brexit
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Just a few days ago Elon Musk announced that Tesla's European Gigafabrica 4 would be located in the GVZ Berlin-Ost Freien Brink industrial park, near the new Berlin airport. This announcement took place during the delivery of the Golden Wheel awards, to which Elon Musk went to collect an award as a Tesla representative.

The professional section of the Tesla website is already announcing some jobs for the new plant, although without going into too many details about them. On the other hand, Musk confirmed that the factory would initially focus on the production of Model Y, batteries and powertrains. Its construction will begin in the coming months, and it will be operational by the end of 2021. In addition, Tesla will also build a design and development center in the area.

However, Tesla's intention was not always to lift his European factory in Germany: Elon Musk has confirmed that the United Kingdom was not chosen by Brexit and the possible economic problems (tariffs, etc.) associated with leaving the country from the European Union. During an interview with Auto Bild magazine, Musk declared: "[The uncertainty of] Brexit made it too risky to put a Gigafabrica in the United Kingdom."

Tesla is not the only company concerned about this situation: Nissan, Ford, Honda and Jaguar Land Rover have already announced the possibility of closing their factories in the United Kingdom if a Brexit is carried out without agreement. Without going any further, some sources point out that the next Nissan Qashqai could leave the Sunderland plant to move to the Renault plant in Palencia, where its twin Kadjar is manufactured.

Elon Musk also value the construction of Gigafabrica 4 in France; nevertheless, finally the admiration that the executive feels towards the German industry seems that I decant the balance towards the Germanic country: «I come a lot to Berlin, Berlin is great. Some of the best cars in the world are manufactured in Germany, everyone knows that German engineering is outstanding ».

Precisely yesterday it was made public that Tesla has received the manufacturing license of the Gigafabrica 3 of Shanghai, so that in the coming days the serial production of the Model 3 in the Asian plant will begin. Although initially the models manufactured in this location will be destined to the local market, it is not ruled out that in the future it also nurtures regions such as Europe to free the Fremont factory, which will have to produce all the Model S and Model X, as well as part of the Model 3 and Model Y.

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