Tesla is planning to build the Model Y at the Berlin plant

Tesla is planning to build the Model Y at the Berlin plant

Tesla is planning to build its first European plant in Berlin according to company founder Elon Musk. The move has also been confirmed by the state premier of Brandenburg, the regional authority that surrounds Germany's capital city.

Reports say there will also be a Tesla engineering and design centre in Berlin.

Musk made the Berlin announcement at an event in Germany. He has previously said that Germany was a frontrunner for its first European manufacturing facility in Europe, with production slated to start in 2021. Reports suggest the so-called 'Gigafactory 4' factory will make cars and batteries.

Musk said on Twitter that Tesla 'will build batteries, powertrains and vehicles, starting with Model Y' at the factory.

"Tesla is coming to Brandenburg with a big investment," Dietmar Woidke, state premier of Brandenburg, said in a statement. "We lobbied for this for a long time in intensive talks and with good arguments."

According to Bild newspaper, Musk has also said the factory would be built near the construction site of the unfinished Berlin airport.

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