Factory comes to the Berlin area: Tesla plant to create up to 7,000 jobs

              Wednesday, November 13, 2019

              Cheers in the Capital Region: The electric car manufacturer Tesla chooses the Berlin area as a location for a new e-car plant in Europe. Many new jobs are to be created. Politics and science expect a boost for all of Germany.
              The planned European branch of the electric car manufacturer Tesla is expected to create 6000 to 7000 new jobs in Brandenburg alone in Brandenburg. "It was important for Tesla therefore the proximity to Berlin and the new BER airport," said a spokeswoman with a view to the supply of skilled workers in the capital. Tesla is planning a development and design center in Berlin. How many additional jobs should be created there and which locations are discussed for this purpose was initially unknown. Berlin's Senator for Economics, Ramona Pop of the Greens, spoke of an order of magnitude of several hundred posts. In recent months, there have been intensive talks between Berlin, Brandenburg and Tesla, it said. Tesla boss Elon Musk had announced on Tuesday evening surprisingly in Berlin to build his European factory in the outskirts of Berlin. The plant is to be built near the planned capital city airport BER. In the so-called Gigagactory initially the future compact SUV Model Y as well as batteries and drives are produced.Dudenhöffer: competition for all goodThe planned factory of the electric car manufacturer Tesla is to be settled according to information from Brandenburg government circles in the Brandenburg community Grünheide. For about four months, it was about the planned location in the district Oder-Spree in conversation, it said. The location, about 35 kilometers southeast of Berlin city center, is connected to the A10 ring road and the A12 towards Poland. Tesla Motors (USD) 349.93 Tesla had long been looking for a location in Europe for a "Gigafactory", as the company calls its own factory. Although other countries showed interest, Musk had previously said that Germany has good chances. The factory in Germany is expected to go into operation by the end of 2021.Auto expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer sees in the Tesla decision a positive signal for the car location Germany. "Competition has always made sure to get better and faster," said Dudenhöffer. Accordingly, that is also good news for VW, Daimler and BMW. "With the decision of Elon Musk for Germany, we are strengthened and electric mobility is taking off more than at 100 Chancellor summits in Berlin." Altmaier: "a milestone" Tesla plant in California (Photo: REUTERS) Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier also welcomed the plans from Tesla. "Tesla's decision to build a state-of-the-art electric car factory in Germany is further proof of Germany's attractiveness as an automotive location," said Altmaier. "It is also a milestone in the development of electromobility and battery expertise." "We expect that we now have the opportunity to become an important center in this area in the years to come," said Altmaier. "Mr. Musk has first announced a political decision." He expects that the now communicated step "with concrete investment decisions" will be deposited. "It has not been talked about subsidies," said Altmaier.Batterie promotion obsolete? The strategy of the Federal Government to promote battery production sees Dudenhöffer by the Tesla plant further questioned. It is now necessary to consider the meaning of the billion announced by Altmaier for a German lithium-ion fabrication still have, so Dudenhöffer. He also said that the battery research factory, funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia with 200 million euros, should be critically questioned. "We should not reinvent the wheel in Aachen and Münster with a battery research factory, but work most valuable on the cell material," says the head of the CAR Center Automotive at the University of Duisburg-Essen. With CATL in Erfurt as well as Northvolt, LG-Chem and Samsung at other locations further battery factories in Europe are planned.

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