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Tesla Gigafactory Europe to be built in Germany, not UK, as Elon Musk blames Brexit uncertainty

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SirGalahad, 13 Nov 2019.

  1. SirGalahad

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    https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/tesla...-in-germany-not-uk-as-elon-musk-blames-brexit

    The gift of Brexit. We don't need Tesla electric cars.

    It's American - so we need to get a trade deal with them but then it's built in Germany our mortal enemies.

    Brand's European battery plant will be built near Berlin, with Tesla R&D centre in Germany, too
    Tesla boss and serial entrepreneur Elon Musk has revealed that the firm's new European Gigafactory battery facility will be built in Germany on the outskirts of Berlin.

    Speaking at Auto Express’s sister title Auto Bild’s Golden Steering Wheel Awards, Musk also revealed that a European research and development base was also planned for Germany, in addition to the new battery manufacturing plant.

    However, speaking exclusively to Auto Express after making the announcement, Musk blamed Brexit uncertainty on why the UK wasn’t considered for the new site: “Brexit [uncertainty] made it too risky to put a Gigafactory in the UK,” Musk said.

    Brexit might have something to do with Musk’s change of heart over the R&D centre, too. Back in 2014, he told Auto Express that he planned to build an R&D base in the UK. Those plans have since been shelved.
     
  2. crystal ball

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    More to follow I fear
     
  3. motorbiking

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    Was there ever a plan to build a giga factory in the UK? We are good at many things but beating Germany at car building isn't one of them. France, Italy etc all lost out.

    Brexit delays may have been a factor but why wouldn't you choose the number 3 leader over the number 11?
     
  4. transam

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    Blimey :sneaky:
     
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    I'm shocked
     
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    outrageous, a factory that was never going to be built in the UK, now not being built in the UK because of brexit. I demand a second referendum.
     
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    I cant understand why the UK wasnt chosen. With those sunlit uplands I thought it wouldve been a certainty.
     
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    because were gonna stick to diesels
     
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    Like wise
     
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    The mental gymnastics. Poor Brexxers the level of self delusion.
     
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    It's a battery factory.
     
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    I wonder what tipped him in favour of Germany?

    The declining foreign owned car industry in the UK?
    The problem with the UK possibly becoming a 'third country' and having to navigate substantial tariffs?
    The UK skills shortage?

    Foreign investment (other than fire sale buyouts) has plunged in the UK as it is now considered a 'high risk' area in which to do so!
     
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    Do car manufacturers not build cars in 3rd world country's. Do they have a skilled labour shortage?
     
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    Not according to Tesla. I think they'd know.

    The bit we genuinely do appear to have lost is the design centre.
     
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    Also, too many UK residents constantly bitching, moaning and generally hating everything about the UK.......
     
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