We reported recently that Tesla has settled on a location for their European car and battery factory, the Gigafactory 4.
Now we know what the scale of the dreadnaught will be, with Tesla planning to build up Tesla Gigafactory 4 capacity to 750,000 electric vehicles eventually, presumably largely for the European market.
The news was revealed in a statement to the state parliament by Agriculture Minister Axel Vogel regarding the proposed water usage of the factory.
He revealed that in stage one of the Berlin Gigafactory 4 Tesla plans to build 250,000 EVs, but that by stage 3 the company expected to build 750,000 EVs per year. Stage 2 will deliver 500,000 vehicles. To date Tesla has only managed to build around 360,000 EVs in one year worldwide, making 750,000 a massive expansion in capacity.
Vogel revealed that the factory had enough water supply for 250,000 cars, but solutions would need to be developed to support the eventual full Tesla Gigafactory 4 capacity.
The plans for the factory has recently leaked, showing that the factory will have a similar design to the other Gigafactories, and will be designed to be expanded in stages.
The property has not yet been transferred to Tesla, but the 300-hectare area is expected to be cleared by March 2020.
Tesla managed to build its Chinese Gigafactory 3 in less than a year and will start selling electric vehicles by the end of the year.
Musk appears to be working on a modular strategy for its Gigafactories and have said that it would take 100 Gigafactories to move the whole world to sustainable transport.
Musk had earlier said they were “accelerating” their European Gigafactory efforts and would have the factory operational by the end of 2021.
On Twitter Musk confirmed that the factory will produce the full range of components and also full vehicles, starting with the Model Y. The cross-over should be a very good fit for the European car market, where compact SUVs are particularly popular.