The Tesla electric car site, to be launched near Berlin in 2021, is expected to house the world’s “largest factory” for producing batteries, according to Elon Musk, president of the company.
“I think it will be the largest in the world with an annual production capacity of 100 gigawatts per hour, then 250 gigawatt hours over time,” Musk said during a virtual European conference on battery production.And “Tesla” is constructing in southern Berlin its first site in Europe, which is expected to be inaugurated in 2021, with 500 thousand electric cars annually.
This plant will allow the group to supply batteries, engines and vehicles to the European market, starting with the “Model Y” and “Model 3” models. Musk has hinted that he is considering a new model for the European market.
Tesla seeks to play a pioneering role in the manufacture of batteries, which are an essential component of the future of electric cars, in order to strengthen its lead over its competitors in this field.
The major global manufacturers of batteries are currently Chinese, Korean and Japanese, while Europe accounts for only 1% of global production of these parts.
Elon Musk, 49, has overtaken Bill Gates to become the second richest man in the world, according to a ranking of billionaires released Tuesday by Bloomberg.