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Elon Musk blames Brexit on Tesla Gigafactory 4 in Germany over the UK

Tesla announces plans to built its next Gigafactory 4 in Germany

By Anthony Garreffa on Nov 13, 2019 11:42 pm CST - 1 min, 38 secs reading time

Tesla will build its new Gigafactory in Germany rather than the UK, with Tesla and SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk saying that the on-going battle of Brexit in the UK was the deciding force for Germany being the location of Gigafactory 4.

Elon Musk blames Brexit on Tesla Gigafactory 4 in Germany over the UK | TweakTown.com

Musk spoke with an English car enthusiast publication about the matter, telling Auto Express that Brexit is the reason he and his executive team decided to not build Gigafactory 4 in the UK. Musk explained: "Brexit's [uncertain future] made it too risky to put a Gigafactory in the UK".

He added that Tesla will be building a new research and development center in Europe, meaning that both Gigafactory 4 and the new R&D center will not be built in the UK because of Brexit. This means the UK misses out on billions of dollars, and the creation of thousands of high-skilled jobs with the Gigafactory 4 and R&D center being built in Germany instead.

Tesla recently began production on Gigafactory 3 over in Shanghai, China -- breaking ground in August 2019 and already has electric vehicles coming off of the assembly lines. The company also received its manufacturing license to start production at Gigafactory 3, meaning that full production is ready. The cars right now, have been produced in a trial capacity, with body to paint to general assembly all A-OK at Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai.

Tesla said during its recent earnings call in October 2019: "We are already producing full vehicles on a trial basis, from body, to paint and to general assembly, at Gigafactory Shanghai. We have cleared initial milestones toward our manufacturing license and are working toward finalizing the license and meeting other governmental requirements before we begin ramping production and delivery of vehicles from Shanghai".

Tesla is moving at breakneck speeds, with Gigafactory 3 nearly fully operational and now Gigafactory 4 is hot on its heels over in Germany.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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