In a recent visit to the Tesla Giga Berlin-Brandenburg plant in Grünheide near Berlin, Germany, CEO Elon Musk dropped tantalizing hints about the facility's potential role in the production of Tesla's highly anticipated next-generation, affordable electric car. While Musk's visit encompassed discussions on interior decor and accolades for the factory's impressive work, it was his revelation that the upcoming €25,000 electric car (equivalent to $25,000 in the U.S.) would be manufactured in Berlin that has sparked excitement among Tesla enthusiasts.
The Gigafactory Berlin News channel on Twitter/X, a reliable source for plant-related news, reported Musk's announcement, which unfortunately remains unverified by video footage due to the speech being limited to employees. Nonetheless, several Tesla-focused websites, including Teslarati and Torque News, have circulated the news, underscoring its credibility.
— Gigafactory Berlin News (@Gf4Tesla) November 3, 2023
During his visit, Musk commended the team and lauded the factory's contributions to producing the Tesla Model Y for the European market. He also unveiled plans to adorn the entire facility with art, with graffiti works being only the beginning of the decorative endeavor.
While initial plans pointed to the forthcoming Giga Mexico plant as the production site for Tesla's affordable next-generation electric vehicle, recent indications suggest that the vehicle might undergo development and initial production in Texas. Musk has characterized this EV as “much more conventional” compared to the audacious Tesla Cybertruck, emphasizing its “cool,” “beautiful,” and “utilitarian” design. Moreover, the vehicle is projected to be manufactured in substantial quantities, potentially reaching millions of units annually.
At Giga Berlin today to congratulate the team on their excellent progress.
The factory looks amazing!
We are going to cover all the concrete with art.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 3, 2023
The prospect of producing the $25,000 electric car in Mexico and its €25,000 European counterpart in Germany represents a pragmatic approach. Additional production facilities in China or other locations in Asia could also be considered. However, the launch of this new model is still several years away, as Tesla must first complete the development and construct new manufacturing facilities with an innovative production process aimed at significantly reducing costs. The automotive world eagerly awaits further developments as Tesla's vision of an affordable, high-volume electric car takes shape.