Tesla plans to export China-made Model 3 vehicles to Asia, Europe

Andrew Cummings
September 13, 2020

Managers at electric automaker Tesla Inc on Thursday demonstrated new supercharger equipment on a Berlin research campus, saying they were looking at more target cities to attract possible buyers anxious about access to charging. That's also where the vast majority of the vehicles' components are made. Musk has said that making Tesla cars more affordable is a key target, and local sourcing helps with lowering expenses.

Now, reports have emerged that there are eight of these die casting machines, called "druckguss-machine" in German, planned for Giga Berlin.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and its factory's closure in California, Tesla's plans were already changed.

The company, which now builds its vehicles in China from a plant in Shanghai, also plans from next year to sell China-made Model 3 vehicles to Japan and Hong Kong, one of the sources said.

Separately to the event, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper said on Thursday the factory had the potential to create 40,000 jobs, citing the economy minister of Brandenburg state.

"In perspective, the Tesla factory in Grünheide could - depending on the market ramp-up - have up to 40,000 employees", Steinbach was quoted as saying via the Berliner Morgenpost.

The move is a turnabout from the plan Elon Musk communicated when Tesla broke ground and was constructing the Shanghai factory in 2019.

"Please work at Tesla Giga Berlin!" The highest one is the painting facility with more than 10 floors. Bloomberg reported the plan earlier on Friday.

The V3 supercharger allows Tesla owners to recharge their electric vehicles at a rate of 120 kilometres a minute, as long as they have the relevant maximum charging rate activated on their vehicles.

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