► Tesla to produce in Germany
► First European factory
► Could produce 500,000 Model Ys annually
Tesla has just delivered its first European-made EV. This week, 30 customers will be receiving Model Ys made at the brand’s all-new Berlin-Brandenburg factory – the brand’s first in Europe and its fifth major factory overall.
Announced at the end of 2019, construction for Germany’s Gigafactory began in Spring 2020 – and will now serve all European markets.
Give me some specs?
At 300 hectares, it’s as big as you’d expect. The new Gigafactory is 227000m2 and will eventually include 12000 employees; right now there’s just 3000 as it gets up to speed. Tesla says it’ll be able to produce 500,000 Model Ys annually when at full tilt, and will produce up to 50 GWh or batteries.
As you’d expect from an EV manufacturer, Tesla is also keen to mention the environmental impact of the factory, and the work being done to reduce it. To that end a pine plantation previously on the site has been replaced with a forest containing 60% hardwood.