WSJ: Tesla is in talks with Germany and Netherlands to secure ‘Gigafactory 4’ location
Tesla Motors has recently announced Gigafactory 3 in China and latest reports suggest that the electric vehicle maker is looking for another location in Europe. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has revealed in a recent report that electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla is trying to secure a location for its ‘Gigafactory 4’ in Europe, possibly in Germany or the Netherlands.
According to the WSJ report, based on the information disclosed by unidentified sources, Tesla is exploring a possible new European location for Gigafactory 4 -- a new battery- and EV-manufacturing plant -- and has initiated talks with local governments in Germany and the Netherlands.
Officials involved in the talks have told WSJ that two states in Germany are apparently competing to lure Tesla with potential locations for its new Gigafactory. Tesla has also reportedly held “preliminary discussions” with both the states. In the Netherlands too, Tesla is reported to be in ‘early stage’ talks for the option of building its new Gigafactory.
Tesla already has a European plant, located in the Netherlands. However, the automaker uses that plant -- located in Tilburg -- only as a ‘final assembly’ unit for its Model S and Model X vehicles.
Meanwhile, with regard to Tesla’s European Gigafactory plans, the company’s CEO Elon Musk had disclosed in a recent statement that Germany is “a leading choice for the factory location; and further added: “Perhaps on the German-French border makes sense, near the Benelux countries.”
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