Elon Musk just revealed the location of Tesla's next factory

AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, PoolTesla CEO Elon Musk.

Tesla’s next factory will be located near Berlin, Germany, CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday during an award show hosted by the German automotive publication Auto Bild.

The European factory would be Tesla’s fourth, following facilities in Nevada, California, New York, and China. Musk said part of Tesla’s decision to place its European factory in Germany stemmed from Germany’s history of high-quality vehicle engineering.

Tesla will also build an engineering and design facility in Berlin, Musk said, adding via tweet shortly after his appearance:“GIGA BERLIN.”

In October, Tesla said it expects to make both its Model 3 sedan and upcoming Model Y SUV at its European factory, which will begin production in 2021. The company has also said that all future factories will make both vehicles and batteries.

Tesla began trial production at its Shanghai factory in October and expects to start making vehicles intended for customers at the facility before the end of this year. Building factories outside of the US is a major piece of Tesla’s plan to grow into a mass-market automaker, as doing so will both expand Tesla’s production capabilities and decrease shipping costs to international customers.

Tesla has said that its Fremont, California, factory can make up to 440,000 vehicles each year, but the company hopes to one day make one million vehicles per year.

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