If Tesla does end up designing a vehicle in Germany, the EV maker could count on the state for some notable subsidies. This was related recently in a document from the Berlin Senate’s economic administration, which responded to a written question from the FDP parliamentary group in the House of Representatives.
Tesla has ambitious plans for its operations in Germany. Apart from Gigafactory Berlin, which is expected to start operations this year with the production of the Made-in-Germany Model Y, the company is also expected to establish a 100 GWh battery manufacturing site for its custom-designed 4680 cells. Apart from this, CEO Elon Musk has also confirmed that Tesla would be building an Engineering and Design Center close to the Gigafactory Berlin site.
Reports from May last year suggested that Tesla had acquired the Gasometer, an 80-meter high structure located in Berlin-Schöneberg’s Euref Business Campus, and that the site would be utilized for the EV maker’s Engineering and Design Center. Euref Campus owner Reinhard Müller did not provide a comment on the facility then, though he did note that a mobility provider from outside Berlin has inquired about the property.
News about Tesla’s Berlin-based Engineering and Design Center has since been tempered, at least until now. As noted in the response from the Berlin Senate’s economic administration to a written question from the FDP parliamentary group, Tesla would receive subsidies from the state for the Engineering and Design Center in Berlin. “Tesla has been fully informed of this offer. Companies then decide at what point this extensive support will be used,” the response read, as per a report from Handelsblatt.