Tesla to Build Factory in Germany
Germany is celebrating Tesla's decision to build its first European factory in the country. The decision came just days after German officials said they would increase government assistance for buyers of electric cars.
Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk announced the move in the German capital Tuesday night. He added that "we've decided to put the Tesla Gigafactory Europe in the Berlin area."
The company will also set up an engineering and design center in Berlin, Musk said. He noted that the new factory "will build batteries, powertrains & vehicles, starting with Model Y." His comments appeared on the American social networking service Twitter.
The Model Y is a small sports utility vehicle that Tesla plans to start selling in the autumn of 2020. The car can travel up to 370 kilometers with each electric charge. The starting price will be 35,400 euros.
Musk told the industry website Auto Express that he had ruled out Britain as the site for the factory because of British plans to leave the European Union. Those plans, often called Brexit, have created economic uncertainty for many large companies.
German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier called Musk's announcement a "success" for the country's ability to grow its automobile industry.
Altmaier said there had been competition for the factory from other European countries, but he denied that the government had offered any financial support to Tesla.
"So far, subsidies haven't been discussed," he told reporters in Berlin. "It's clear that Tesla will be treated the same way as all other automobile companies if it invests in Germany and creates jobs here."
The mayor of Berlin, Ramona Pop, said the factory could create 6,000 to 7,000 jobs in manufacturing and thousands more in design and research.
Tesla's decision comes a week after German officials and auto industry leaders agreed to increase government aid to buyers of electric cars by 50 percent. The paybacks are available to those who buy a vehicle that costs 40,000 Euros or less.
The subsidy for buyers will be extended from the end of 2020 currently to the end of 2025. The government and industry agreed to build 50,000 electric charging stations nationwide by 2022.
Musk said that the plan is for the factory to be built near Berlin's new airport. It will be just outside the city limits in the neighboring state of Brandenburg. The airport is supposed to open next year after many years of delays.
"We definitely need to move faster than the airport, that's for sure," Musk said.
While Germany is home to some of the world's biggest automakers, it has been overtaken by the United States, China and some European neighbors in the use of electric vehicles.
In July, Tesla announced plans to build its third Gigafactory in Shanghai. That will be its first production center outside of the United States.
German automaker Volkswagen welcomed Tesla's decision to build the factory in its country. Last week, Volkswagen began mass manufacturing its ID3 electric car.
"I'm happy that Elon is, let's say, pulling us, but I think the German industry is really now strongly investing," said Volkswagen's chief executive officer Herbert Diess.
Auto industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer said more competition could help German automakers.
"This is good news for Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW," said Dudenhoeffer.
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2.mass manufacturing 大规模生产
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3.electric vehicles 电动汽车
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4.production center 生产中心
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5.The company will also set up an engineering and design center in Berlin, Musk said.
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6.Musk told the industry website Auto Express that he had ruled out Britain as the site for the factory because of British plans to leave the European Union.
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德国正在庆祝特斯拉决定在该国建立第一家欧洲工厂 。该决定是在德国官员表示将增加政府对电动车购买者的补贴几天后做出的 。
周二晚间，特斯拉首席执行官马斯克在德国首都宣布了这一决定 。他还表示，“我们决定将特斯拉欧洲超级工厂建在柏林地区 。”
马斯克表示，该公司还将在柏林建立一个工程设计中心 。他指出，这家新工厂“将生产电池、动力单元和整车制造，首款车型即Model Y 。”他在美国社交网站推特上发表了这一评论 。
Model Y车型是特斯拉计划在2020年秋季上市的一款小型运动款多功能车 。这款车充电一次可行驶370公里 。该车起售价为3.54万欧元 。
马斯克告诉行业网站《汽车快报》，由于英国的退出欧盟计划，他早将其从建厂地候选名单中剔除 。这项通常被称为“脱欧”的计划给许多大型企业带来经济不确定性 。
德国经济部长彼得·阿尔特迈尔（Peter Altmaier）称，马斯克的声明是该国发展汽车工业能力的“成功” 。
他在柏林告诉记者：“截至目前，双方尚未谈及补贴问题 。不过很显然，如果在德国投资并创造就业岗位，特斯拉将获得与其它汽车公司一样的待遇 。”
柏林市长莫纳·波普（Ramona Pop）表示，这家工厂能够提供6到7000个制造业岗位，以及数千个设计和研究领域的工作岗位 。
在德国官员和汽车行业领导人同意向电动车购买者提高50%的政府补贴一周后，特斯拉做出了这一决定 。消费者购买价格不超过4万欧元的车型即可获得政府补贴 。
对购车者的补贴将从目前的2020年底延长至2025年底 。政府和汽车行业同意2022年前在全国建造5万个充电站 。
马斯克表示，这一工厂拟建立在柏林新机场附近 。它位于邻近勃兰登堡州的城市范围以外 。经过多年延误，该机场预计于明年开放 。
今年7月，特斯拉宣布在上海建立其第三家超级工厂的计划 。该地将成为特斯拉在美国以外的第一家生产中心 。
德国汽车制造商大众公司对特斯拉在该国建立工厂的决定表示欢迎 。上周，大众汽车开始大规模生产其ID3电动汽车 。
大众公司首席执行官赫伯特·迪斯（Herbert Diess）表示：“很高兴马斯克推动着我们前行，但是我们认为，德国汽车业现在确实在加大投资 。”
汽车行业专家费迪南德·杜登霍夫（erdinand Dudenhoeffer）表示，竞争对手涌入或对本地汽车制造商有帮助 。