Brandenburg – Driving the Shift to Sustainable Mobility and Energy

Brandenburg is becoming one of the leading locations of Germany’s mobility and energy transition. This attracts more and more investments to the state. The biggest will be the TESLA Gigafactory for electric cars in Grünheide, near Berlin. TESLA now wants to expand on this with a battery factory.

January 2021

TESLA announces second major investment in Brandenburg

TESLA, global number one in modern e-mobility, is now planning to manufacture batteries as well as electric vehicles in Brandenburg. Construction of the TESLA Gigafactory for electric vehicles is progressing rapidly. The first Y models should be rolling out of the new factory in Grünheide, near Berlin, as early as summer 2021. “Germany rocks,” said Elon Musk on a visit to the construction site. “This is not just a new car factory, it’s a radical new vehicle manufacturing method!” Musk announced the plans in November 2019, with a second major announcement following in 2020 – the entrepreneur stated that he would establish a battery factory in Brandenburg, with a step-by-step increase in capacity and jobs. A real Gigafactory – and the most significant company investment made in Brandenburg since German Reunification.

BASF produces cathode materials for electromobility

Chemical corporation BASF is also part of the German mobility transition. The company is currently building a manufacturing plant for battery cathode materials in Schwarzheide. It also announced the construction of a battery recycling plant at its location in the energy region Lusatia.

US company Microvast wants to produce fast-charging batteries

Microvast Corp., specialising in fast-charging batteries for transporters, sports cars and off-road vehicles, is building a factory and creating up to 250 jobs in Brandenburg’s Ludwigsfelde – and is moving its European headquarters here from Frankfurt too.

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Automated driving, hybrid flying and hydrogen-powered trains – Brandenburg is well on its way to becoming a top name in modern mobility

“Brandenburg is well on its way to becoming a top name in modern mobility,” said Brandenburg’s economic minister Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Steinbach. No wonder, as in addition to electromobility Brandenburg attracts many other innovative projects. For example DEKRA, Germany’s biggest safety testing and inspection organisation, now runs a European testing centre for automated driving on the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. And aviation is also looking to sustainable innovations: the joint project Hybrid-Elektrisches Fliegen from Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co KG, the Brandenburg University Cottbus-Senftenberg and APUS-Aeronautical Engineering GmbH are developing environmentally friendly drive technologies for aviation. The company Liquid Electricity from Potsdam is developing a self-contained charging infrastructure for electromobility. Meanwhile, in north Brandenburg, the Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB) and Deutsche Eisenbahn Service AG (DESAG) are testing hydrogen for use in the railway industry.

New investments shaping Brandenburg’s location profile

With these investments and innovations Brandenburg is developing a completely new profile as a location. This is good news for the Economic Development Agency Brandenburg (WFBB). CEO Dr. Steffen Kammradt is delighted about the region’s rapid rise in the mobility and energy transition. “Brandenburg’s profile is enjoying a major boost, especially for international companies in the areas of sustainable and intelligent mobility, new energy technologies and the circular economy. Entirely new added value chains can develop from these,” he emphasises. “These companies, like investors from other industries, also benefit from Brandenburg’s many location assets – available commercial and office spaces, a qualified workforce, an extremely dense science and research landscape, excellent network structures, and professional services for investors. On top of that, there are excellent funding conditions, not just for investments, but for research and innovation, and even employee training. Lastly, Brandenburg has an economic development agency that also offers service packages for employment promotion. This is unique in Germany and is of great interest for international relocations.”

The federal states of Brandenburg and Berlin together make up Germany’s Capital Region – one of the most dynamic economic areas in Europe. The Capital Region is almost as large as Belgium and, with 6 million residents, has a larger population than Denmark, Norway or Finland. Brandenburg and the Berlin metropolitan region make the perfect pair.