Speaking at the Golden Steering Wheel Awards, Musk said last night the new European Gigafactory battery facility would be based in the Berlin 'burbs, close to the site of the as-yet-unopened Willy Brandt Airport at Berlin Brandenburg.
The facility will be Tesla's fifth major assembly facility and its fourth to follow the "giga" format-going large and vertically integrated with the company's energy products.
The plant will be Tesla's fourth Gigafactory, adding to its existing sites in Nevada and NY and another one which is nearing completion in Shanghai.
Musk said: "Some of the best cars in the world are made in Germany".
Tesla this week unveiled its first vehicles built at the Shanghai plant, and a regulator Wednesday granted permission for the site to start mass production.
It already has an engineering firm in Pruem that specializes in automated manufacturing systems for battery factories and has tested its cars on the Nordschleife, the notorious northern loop of the Nuerburgring racing track.
The 48-year-old reportedly hopes to begin European production by 2021.
"Everyone knows German engineering is outstanding for sure".
A sign welcomes the visitors at the edge of the village of Gruenheide, Germany which is the reported location of Tesla's Gigafactory.
Berlin's minister in charge of economic affairs, Ramona Pop, said the move could create 6,000 to 7,000 jobs in production alone, with hundreds or even thousands more in areas such as design, software or research.
The government has also started to roll out significant policies.
'We lobbied for this for a long time in intensive talks and with good arguments, ' said Dietmar Woidke.