Tesla’s chief executive Elon Musk has reportedly said that Berlin will be the site of its first major European factory.
Musk said that “Berlin rocks,” adding that Tesla would build an engineering and design centre in the German capital.
BBC News reports that Tesla is increasingly facing more competition in the electric vehicle industry and that it had previously said it would aim to start production in Europe in 2021.
Musk made the announcement whilst at an awards ceremony in Germany. The company already has an assembly site in the Netherlands, but the plans for Germany are said to be on a far larger scale.
“Everyone knows that German engineering is outstanding and that’s part of the reason we are locating our Gigafactory Europe in Germany,” Musk said.
According to BBC News Musk said the facility would be located near the new Berlin airport and that the focus on Germany comes amid rising appetite for electric cars in Europe.