The new Tesla Plant in Berlin, planned to open in 2021, will produce 500,000 electric cars a year according to a report from Germany’s Bild.
Last month, Elon Musk announced that Tesla is to build a new Plant in Germany as the centre of its European operations, as well as an engineering and design centre to add to its facilities in the US and China.
There was a point at which Tesla were thinking the UK would be the perfect place for their European operations, but the strife of the last three years of Brexit uncertainty put paid to that but, jingoistic thoughts aside, Germany is the perfect place for Tesla to signal their intent to upset the established ‘Premium’ car makers’ status quo.
The plan is to have the new Tesla Plant in Berlin up and running in 2021 (take that with a small dose of Maldon’s finest) when it will be not just building cars but batteries and powertrains too. But just how many cars will Tesla be churning out?
That question seems to have been answered by Germany’s Bild newspaper, which is reporting that Tesla are aiming for an annual capacity of 500,000 cars at the new Plant, starting first with the new Tesla Model Y SUV, but adding production of the Model 3 too.
That will make the new Tesla Plant in Berlin about the same size as Nissan’s huge facility in Sunderland, and add considerably to its capacity at a time the new Model Y will, potentially, become Tesla’s best-selling model.