Tesla has yet to confirm the location of its second Gigafactory in the United States and only recently started work at its Gigafactory in Berlin, but that didn’t stop Elon Musk from hinting that the car manufacturer is looking to build yet another plant.
Shortly after being asked on Twitter if Tesla will “expand Tesla mega factories in Asia outside China?”, Musk responded with a resounding “Yeah” before adding that “first we need to finish Giga Berlin and a second US Giga to serve eastern half of North America.”
Yeah, but first we need to finish Giga Berlin and a second US Giga to serve eastern half of North America
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2020
This is the first time Musk has commented on a potential second Gigafactory in Asia that could join the current site located just outside of Shanghai. Unfortunately, Musk didn’t specify where exactly this new Gigafactory could be located, but given the well-established automotive industries in Korea and Japan, it seems likely one of these countries will be chosen. Making Korea and Japan all the more appealing are local battery manufacturers and established suppliers.
In the midst of the coronavirus-forced shutdown of Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, Musk asserted the company would leave the state and establish new headquarters elsewhere. However, this no longer appears to be the case as DNA India reports that the automaker is actually planning to expand production capacity at the site. What’s more, Tesla is also looking to grow capacity at Giga Shanghai and its original Gigafactory 1 in Nevada.
With growing production plans and its share prices reaching record highs, it is appearing increasingly likely that Tesla’s stranglehold on the electric car market will continue for quite some time.