Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the maker of electric cars and green energy storage systems is planning to build a second Gigafactory in Europe. The second lithium-ion battery and electric car manufacturing Gigafactory will complement large-scale car and battery production in the United States.
Tesla also announced it during the press conference of the acquisition of a German engineering group, Grohmann Engineering, which will help increase its production of vehicles.
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The exact location in Europe will be known next year. “There is no doubt that Tesla will have at least one – and maybe two or three – vehicle and battery factories in Europe in the long run.Elon Musk commented.
Tesla plans to expand electric vehicle production from 100,000 to 600,000 cars per year when the Model 3 goes into production. Model 3 is expected to hit the market in mid-2017. According to Musk, the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Can produce between 500,000 and 1 million electric vehicles per year, while Gigafactory 1 meets the demand for batteries and batteries. Tesla Powerwall.
The Gigafactory 1, currently under construction in Nevada, will produce batteries for cars at the Tesla plant in Fremont. When completed, Gigafactory 1 will be the largest in the world. The manufacturing plant will be net zero and carbon neutral, powered 100% by renewable energy. Gigafactory 1 will produce batteries and Powerpack 2.
In a statement, Tesla said that “We are very happy to have the Grohmann team. Join us in our goal to be the best manufacturer in the world to help accelerate progress towards a sustainable energy future“.