Tesla is researching the possibilities of setting up the new European gigafactory in the Netherlands or Germany

Jul

30

2018

‘Tesla investigates building possibilities’ gigafactory ‘in Germany or the Netherlands’

Tesla is researching the possibilities of setting up the new European gigafactory in the Netherlands or Germany. The Wall Street Journal reports this on the basis of statements made by Dutch and German officials involved in the talks.

According to German officials, the talks are still in a starting phase and may not result in an agreement. Tesla, according to an unnamed Dutch official, also discussed the option to build the enormous factory in the Netherlands . A spokesperson for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs confirms that there has been contact with Tesla, but he did not give any further details.

The German federal states Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland have been lobbying for a long time to build the gigafactory in Germany. A spokesman for Rhineland-Palatinate says that the state has submitted its own proposal to Tesla, but that there is no detailed negotiation yet. It is unclear whether that option of construction in the Netherlands is still on the table.

Tesla’s European headquarters are located in the Netherlands. That remains the case , Musk announced earlier. He indicated that Germany is a ‘leading choice’ for the country to build the factory. Musk said that a location on the German-French border would seem logical, since the building would be close to the Benelux countries. The car company of Elon Musk declined to comment.

The arrival of a large European factory is obvious, because the European market, together with the Chinese, is the largest in the world as far as electric cars are concerned. Tesla is already building a factory in Shanghai that will ultimately have to produce 500,000 vehicles per year.

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