Tesla rejected the UK as the location for its first major European plant and chose Germany instead because Brexit uncertainty “made it too risky”, Elon Musk has said.
The chief executive of the electric car-maker made his comments after announcing the factory and design centre would be built near Berlin.
The new plant, which is set to create thousands of jobs in the area, will make batteries, powertrains and cars.
Speaking to the industry website Auto Express, Mr Musk said: “Brexit (uncertainty) made it too risky to put a Gigafactory in the UK.”
Major UK car manufacturers such as Nissan have already warned a no-deal exit, where companies face tariffs, would leave its European business unsustainable.
The Tesla move represents a major boost to Germany’s slowing manufacturing industry, coming ahead of figures set to show whether Europe’s biggest economy has slipped into recession for the first time since 2013.
Mr Musk said: “Everyone knows German engineering is outstanding for sure.
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