Tesla announced earlier this month that it would build its first European plant near Berlin. German officials said the move would attract more companies from the electric vehicle and energy storage sectors to Germany. Dietmar Woidke, governor of the German state of Brandenburg, said. “They’re already on their way. I have heard further inquiries about community and regional business development plans. Tesla will let other companies follow suit. “
He said the state of Brandenburg was in talks with other companies, but declined to name them because of confidentiality agreements. “I hope we can announce good news before Christmas, ” Mr. Wardsaid said. “
Tesla’s move is significant for Germany, which is struggling to maintain its position as a manufacturing hub. The German car industry has been hit hard after BMW and Daimler chose to build new plants in Hungary in recent years, and Volkswagen admitted in 2015 that it cheated on diesel emissions tests.