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No Gigafactory: Tesla obviously wants to build cars in Lower Saxony


The electric car manufacturer Tesla apparently wants to outsource its production partly to Germany. The US group had approached the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs with a request for a production site, said Minister Bernd Althusmann (CDU), according to the Hannoversche Zeitung on 21 August in Hannover. However, according to the report, this is not a so-called giga factory for the production of battery cells and batteries. We are talking about a pure vehicle production.

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The Ministry of Economy did not want to comment on the size of such a factory because confidentiality had been agreed, the report said. According to the newspaper, Emden and the Emsland are top of the list of potential locations. One starts out with a smaller factory, which will probably employ only 1,000 to 2,000 employees, which is significantly less than the 9,000 employees of the Emden VW plant.

In recent years, Tesla CEO Elon Musk had repeatedly announced investments in a European production site. So far, there is only in the Dutch Tilburg an assembly plant for the Model S and the Model X. In June 2018 Musk also indicated that Germany as a location for a Giga factory in question. In March 2019, however, it was said that apparently no battery production was planned in Germany.

The federal states of Bavaria, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Saxony were particularly interested in such a factory. The current state government of Lower Saxony, on the other hand, has shown restraint, writes the newspaper. Already three years ago – at that time still under red-green government – the country had tried together with the city Emden to the settlement of a battery factory.

In September 2018, Althusmann once again praised the advantages of Lower Saxony in a letter to Musk. The US company then created a requirement profile, whereupon potential locations were presented. "We will continue to support Tesla's search positively"Althusmann said and added: "I would be delighted with the company's commitment and the associated new jobs in our country."

With the serial production of the Model 3 Tesla has significantly increased its production figures. However, there are reports of numerous quality defects in the vehicles. Last week electric car rental company Nextmove announced it had stopped an order for 100 Model 3 after receiving the first 15 cars. Tesla canceled the order because the company was unwilling to change its takeover arrangements. Nextmove accused Tesla after the "Production Hell" in a "Service Hell" to have arrived.