[ti:Tesla to Build Factory in Germany] [by:www.ljhzhm.tw] [00:00.00]更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM [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. [05:35.97]I'm Susan Shand. 更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM 2019六合图库