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Gigafactory Europe
Built TBD
Operated TBD
Location European location TBD in 2017
Industry Energy storage, Electric Vehicles
Owner(s) Tesla, Inc.

Tesla Gigafactory Europe is a proposed manufacturing plant for Tesla, Inc. to be located in Europe. It is to be a combined electric battery manufacturing facility and automobile factory.[1][2] In 2016, Tesla was anticipating to announce the factory in 2017.[3][4] The factory was previously referred to as Gigafactory 2 until 22 February 2017, which Tesla began to refer to the SolarCity Gigafactory in Buffalo, New York as Gigafactory 2. The Europe Gigafactory will be named either Gigafactory 3, 4, or 5.[5][6]

Reported locations said to be under consideration are Czech Republic near Prague, with a nearby 330 kilotonne lithium deposit,[7] Portugal, with Europe's biggest lithium reserves and one of the biggest solar centers in the world, Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic.[8] Although Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel has stated that Tesla is in talks with the government over a Gigafactory there, a Tesla spokesperson said in January that the company has no current plan for a battery factory in Germany.[9]

Several countries have campaigned to have the factory located within their jurisdictions.[10][11]


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  12. ^ Alyssa Newcomb (2016-04-06). "France Courts Tesla With Idea of Turning Old Nuclear Plant Into a Factory". ABC News (USA). 
  13. ^ "Fessenheim: Royal suggère la mutation de la centrale en usine Tesla" [Fessenheim: Royal suggests mutation of factory plant Tesla] (in French). France: LCP National Assembly. 2016-04-05. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
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  16. ^ Lambert, Fred (2017-01-08). "The race to get ‘Tesla Gigafactory 2’ heats up, French Minister visits Fremont factory". Electrek. Retrieved 2017-01-08. 
  17. ^ "Minister Kamp: 'Nieuwe Tesla-fabriek moet in Nederland komen'" [Secretary Kamp: New Tesla-plant should come to the Netherlands]. (in Dutch). 2016-11-29. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  18. ^ Campbell, Angela (2017-01-12). "Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Looks At Three New Dutch Suitors For Gigafactory 2". The Country Caller. Retrieved 2017-01-30. 
  19. ^ "Kabinet gaat zich sterk maken voor binnenhalen Tesla-fabriek" [Cabinet will make a case for getting the Tesla factory]. NU (in Dutch). Netherlands. 2016-11-29. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  20. ^ Carneiro, José (2016-11-15). "España y Portugal batallan por la futura "gigafactoría" de Tesla en Europa" [Spain and Portugal battle over Tesla's future European "Gigafactory"]. (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  21. ^ "Tesla in talks over 'giga-factory' in Portugal". New Algarve Daily News. 2016-11-18. 
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  23. ^ Hanley, Steve (2016-05-30). "‘Spain Loves Tesla’ campaign aims to lure Tesla Factory". Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  24. ^ Lambert, Fred (2016-11-29). "Tesla Gigafactory 2: several countries launch efforts to attract Tesla’s new electric car & battery plant". Retrieved 2017-02-04. 
  25. ^ "Why one Finnish city thinks it's ideal for next Tesla Gigafactory". Green Car Reports. 2016-12-06. Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
  26. ^ "Vaasa has the vision and the ecosystem for a gigafactory, and much more". Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
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  33. ^ "Estonia Makes Bid For Next Tesla Gigafactory - "If Tesla were a country, it would probably be Estonia."". 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2017-04-13. 


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