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[00:00.04]Germany is celebrating Tesla's decision to build its first European factory in the country.
[00:10.05]The decision came just days after German officials
[00:15.18]said they would increase government assistance for buyers of electric cars.
[00:23.28]Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk
[00:27.41]announced the move in the German capital Tuesday night.
[00:32.16]He added that "we've decided to put the Tesla Gigafactory Europe in the Berlin area."
[00:42.48]The company will also set up an engineering and design center in Berlin, Musk said.
[00:50.53]He noted that the new factory "will build batteries, powertrains & vehicles, starting with Model Y."
[01:01.08]His comments appeared on the American social networking service Twitter.
[01:07.88]The Model Y is a small sports utility vehicle that Tesla plans to start selling in the autumn of 2020.
[01:17.91]The car can travel up to 370 kilometers with each electric charge.
[01:25.70]The starting price will be 35,400 euros.
[01:32.24]Musk told the industry website Auto Express that he had ruled out Britain
[01:38.74]as the site for the factory because of British plans to leave the European Union.
[01:46.01]Those plans, often called Brexit, have created economic uncertainty for many large companies.
[01:56.20]German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier called Musk's announcement
[02:02.93]a "success" for the country's ability to grow its automobile industry.
[02:10.88]Altmaier said there had been competition for the factory from other European countries,
[02:18.00]but he denied that the government had offered any financial support to Tesla.
[02:25.80]"So far, subsidies haven't been discussed," he told reporters in Berlin.
[02:32.30]"It's clear that Tesla will be treated the same way as all other automobile companies
[02:39.40]if it invests in Germany and creates jobs here."
[02:43.89]The mayor of Berlin, Ramona Pop, said the factory could create 6,000 to 7,000 jobs
[02:53.76]in manufacturing and thousands more in design and research.
[03:00.36]Tesla's decision comes a week after German officials and auto industry leaders
[03:06.92]agreed to increase government aid to buyers of electric cars by 50 percent.
[03:13.60]The paybacks are available to those who buy a vehicle that costs 40,000 Euros or less.
[03:22.68]The subsidy for buyers will be extended from the end of 2020 currently to the end of 2025.
[03:32.05]The government and industry agreed to build 50,000 electric charging stations nationwide by 2022.
[03:43.68]Musk said that the plan is for the factory to be built near Berlin's new airport.
[03:51.24]It will be just outside the city limits in the neighboring state of Brandenburg.
[03:57.85]The airport is supposed to open next year after many years of delays.
[04:05.40]"We definitely need to move faster than the airport, that's for sure," Musk said.
[04:13.16]While Germany is home to some of the world's biggest automakers,
[04:18.12]it has been overtaken by the United States, China
[04:22.50]and some European neighbors in the use of electric vehicles.
[04:27.48]In July, Tesla announced plans to build its third Gigafactory in Shanghai.
[04:36.44]That will be its first production center outside of the United States.
[04:43.29]German automaker Volkswagen welcomed Tesla's decision to build the factory in its country.
[04:52.44]Last week, Volkswagen began mass manufacturing its ID3 electric car.
[05:01.64]"I'm happy that Elon is, let's say, pulling us,
[05:06.01]but I think the German industry is really now strongly investing,"
[05:11.55]said Volkswagen's chief executive officer Herbert Diess.
[05:18.32]Auto industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer
[05:22.20]said more competition could help German automakers.
[05:28.32]"This is good news for Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW," said Dudenhoeffer.
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