Recent reports have emerged stating that Tesla is closing in on finalizing the location of its European Gigafactory. According to local German media, Tesla is particularly interested in Emden and Emsland, both of which are located in Lower Saxony, as potential sites for Gigafactory 4.
The update was recently shared by a spokesman for Economics Minister Bernd Althusmann, who confirmed that the ministry had presented “potential locations” in Lower Saxony to Tesla executives. Prior to this, Tesla had reportedly approached the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics with the aim of securing a site that was close to the coast. Both Emden and Emsland fit this criteria.
Tesla’s intentions to establish a Gigafactory in Europe has been known for years. References to a Europe-based Tesla facility were initially teased by Elon Musk in late 2016, following the electric car maker’s acquisition of Grohmann Engineering. In June 2018, Musk noted on Twitter that Germany was the “leading choice” for Gigafactory 4’s location. “Perhaps on the German-French border makes sense, near the Benelux countries,” Musk explained.
Lower Saxony has reportedly expressed its interest as a potential site for Tesla’s upcoming factory. Economics Minister Bernd Althusmann contacted CEO Elon Musk last September 2018 to highlight the advantages of Lower Saxony for the electric car maker. “A good location in the European transport network including port connections, a dynamic research landscape and renewable energies on the doorstep: Lower Saxony is one of the world’s top regions of the automotive industry, which is also Tesla known,” Althusmann said.
The details for Tesla’s upcoming European Gigafactory remain unknown for now, though the facility will likely involve the creation of 1,000 to 2,000 jobs, according to a Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung (HAZ) report. “I would be delighted about the company’s commitment and the new jobs it will create in our country. We will continue to accompany Tesla’s search positively and promote Lower Saxony as an innovative automotive location,” Althusmann noted.
Tesla has released updates on Gigafactory 4’s construction recently. During the second-quarter earnings call, CEO Elon Musk noted that the location of the European Gigafactory will be finalized before the end of the year. Tesla also appears to be expecting Gigafactory 4’s development to be quick, similar to the rapid progress of Gigafactory 3 in China. This was highlighted by Tesla CFO Zachary Kirkhorn in a statement.
“With a continued focus on execution and cost management, the next 12 to 18 months should be the most exciting yet. During this time, we believe that Gigafactory Shanghai will be producing at scale. Model Y will be in production, addressing the most popular vehicle segment. Our European Gigafactory will be well underway,” he said during the earnings call.
H/T Alex Voight.