Tesla to build fourth Gigafactory in Berlin
The site will focus on battery production and the Model Y.
Tesla has picked Germany to host the company's fourth Gigafactory, providing a local assembly site for the European market.
CEO Elon Musk says the plant will be located in the Berlin area and will focus on batteries, powertrains and vehicles, starting with the Model Y.
The company had previously indicated the European Gigafactory would build both the Model 3 and Model Y, with construction to kick off over the next 12-18 months with a production target of late 2021.
The decision to start with the Model Y apparently reflects Tesla's belief that the crossover will be its best-seller by far, potentially eclipsing sales of the Model S, X and 3 combined. If the optimistic forecast proves accurate, focusing on Model Y production in Germany could help alleviate supply constraints.
The Berlin site will join existing Gigafactory locations in Reno, Nevada; Buffalo, New York; and Shanghai, China.