Tesla has its second factory outside the United States: Berlin.

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Elon Musk says Tesla will build cars in Berlin

Tesla has announced the location of its second factory outside the United States: Berlin. In a tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the plant would build batteries, powertrains and vehicles, “starting with the Model Y.” The factory is also expected to produce the Model 3, the company’s best-selling car. Tesla has already posted jobs for construction, operations, engineering and manufacturing workers for the factory in the German capital. The US carmaker did not say when its factory would open, or how many cars would be produced there. Tesla declined to provide additional details.

Aside from batteries, Tesla will also build its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in Berlin. Production is expected to start in 2021. Musk told the awards audience: “I come to Berlin a lot – Berlin rocks!”

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Will build batteries, powertrains & vehicles, starting with Model Y

The focus on Germany comes amid rising appetite for electric cars in Europe. Over the coming years, the biggest electric car production plants will be in Germany, France, Spain and Italy, industry analysis shows. Some 16 large-scale lithium-ion battery cell plants are confirmed or due to begin operations in Europe by 2023. Tesla’s European plan comes as the carmaker also moves ahead with a $2bn (£1.6bn) factory in Shanghai. The firm is looking to ramp up production in China, the world’s biggest car market, where sales have been hurt by tariffs triggered by the US-China trade war.

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