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Musk eyes Germany as site for Tesla’s European Gigafactory

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Musk eyes Germany as site for Tesla’s European Gigafactory
Musk eyes Germany as site for Tesla’s European Gigafactory

Electric carmaker Tesla favors Germany as the location for its first European Gigafactory, chief executive Elon Musk said.

“Germany is a leading choice for Europe. Perhaps on the German-French border makes sense, near the Benelux countries,” Musk said on Twitter on Tuesday, responding to a public tweet.

Tesla already has operations in Pruem, Germany, which is only 19 miles from Belgium, and about 60 miles from the French border.

Pruem is the headquarters for Tesla’s Grohmann Engineering division, which specializes in automated manufacturing systems for battery making plants. Grohmann recently built a production line for Tesla’s battery factory in Reno, Nev., to speed up production for its Model 3 electric sedan.

Tesla has previously said it plans to build three more Gigafactories to accompany its first in Reno. That plant is jointly owned by Panasonic, which is the exclusive battery cell supplier for Tesla’s mass-market Model 3 sedan.

It was not immediately clear if Tesla would build the European plant with Panasonic.

Reuters did not immediately get a response from Tesla’s German media team seeking further comment on Musk’s tweet.

Tesla has faced challenges ramping up Model 3 production, forcing the company in recent days to announce plans to cut several thousand jobs to help reduce costs.

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