Posted 20 Nov 2019
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November has brought big news for e-Mobility in Germany. Earlier this month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced cash incentives aimed at buying electric cars during a “Car Summit.”
These incentives include Berlin’s new agreement to expand subsides as well as add more charging stations around Germany. The news that is really dominating headlines is Tesla’s announcement to build a new “Gigafactory” outside of Berlin.
Musk made the announcement in his acceptance speech (and later on Twitter) during the annual Goldene Lenkrad (Golden Steering Wheel) automotive awards event, held by car magazine Autobild. The Tesla Model 3 won the award for the best car in the upper/middle vehicle class at the Berlin-based event.
"Everyone knows German engineering is outstanding for sure. You know that is part of the reason why we are locating Gigafactory Europe in Germany,” said Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla.
In the midst of regulation changes in favor of electric mobility, there is also a vibrant community of passionate people and businesses growing in Berlin.
The city boasts a variety of e-Mobility companies, like Tier Mobility, Circ, and CleverShuttle, which were founded or hold headquarters in the up-and-coming e-Mobility hub. There is even a co-working space specifically aimed to maximize ecosystem synergies for e-Mobility innovators called The Drivery near the iconic Tempelhof park.
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