It’s been revealed that Tesla plans to build up to 500,000 electric vehicles at its new Gigafactory in Berlin, Germany. According to Bild, the plant will create 10,000 jobs, and documents show that the facility will be as large as 420 football fields.
Construction of the Gigafactory is scheduled to begin in 2020, with Tesla boss Elon Musk identifying a site in Gruenheide, Brandenburg, as the place where the plant will be built. The American automaker will also establish an engineering and design centre in Berlin near the capital city’s new airport.
More specifically, the factory will manufacture batteries, powertrains, and cars starting with the Model Y crossover, Musk said. The Model 3 sedan, its best-selling model, will be built there later, sources say. Tesla will reportedly invest up to 4 billion euros (RM18.5 billion) in the plant, according to another German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
The Berlin Gigafactory will be the fourth facility in the company’s portfolio, with the most recent being Gigafactory 3 that is located in Shanghai. The other two Gigafactories are located in the US, specifically in Buffalo, New York, and Storey County, Nevada.
However, do note that the aforementioned US sites do not cover vehicle production. Instead, those are dedicated to supplying battery packs and solar products. Instead, Tesla’s vehicle production in the US is handled by the Tesla Factory in Fremont, California, which makes the Model S, Model 3, Model X, and is being prepared to produce the Model Y.