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Elon Musk picks Berlin for Tesla's Europe Gigafactory

Kirsten Korosec
An overhead shot of a Tesla Model 3.

Elon Musk said Tuesday during an awards ceremony in Germany that Tesla's European gigafactory will be built in the Berlin area.

Musk was on stage to receive a Golden Steering Wheel Award given by BILD.

"There's not enough time tonight to tell all the details," Musk said during an on stage interview with Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess. "But it's in the Berlin area, and it's near the new airport."

Tesla is also going to create an engineering and design center in Berlin because "I think Berlin has some of the best art in the world," Musk said.

Musk took to Twitter after the ceremony and provided a bit more detail, including that this factory will build batteries, powertrains and vehicles, beginning with the Model Y.

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Diess thanked Musk while on stage for "pushing us" towards electrification. Diess later said that Musk and Telsa is demonstrating that moving towards electrification works.

"I don't think Germany is that far behind," Musk said when asked about why German automakers were behind in electric vehicles. He later added that some of the best cars in the world are made in Germany.

"Everyone knows that German engineering is outstanding and that's part of the reason we're locating our gigafactory Europe in Germany," Musk said.