Tesla’s (TSLA.O) will use its Brandenburg plant to show a radical redesign of how its cars are made, as well as manufacturing battery cells and battery packs for electric vehicles, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Thursday.
Musk made the remarks to spectators at Gruenheide, in the suburbs of Berlin, where the U.S. carmaker is constructing its new European factory, a video showed on the Teslarati website. Tesla plans to develop a new version of their Model Y crossover vehicle, and potentially even on-site battery cells.
“It will be the first time that there will be a transformation in the core structural design of the vehicle. It’s quite a big thing. Both manufacturing, engineering, and design as well,” Musk said in the video.
Tesla wanted to help accelerate a transition to sustainable energy, not just build cars, Musk said.
“The three elements needed for a sustainable energy future are sustainable energy generation, energy storage, and sustainable transport, electric cars.”
Musk’s comments come after Tesla has secured a license to sell electricity across Western Europe and has begun to ask customers in Germany about the possible use of Tesla electricity in their vehicles.
“I think we will be building some batteries and cells and other things here. That will be good for stationary storage of wind and solar,” Musk stated.
Musk, who said he was happy with the progress that was being made on the site, told the bystanders that “Deutschland Rocks” and praised the availability of local engineering talent, saying Tesla needed to make lots of hires.
“We will start off with the factory but we will also do some original engineering and design work. It is going to be, actually to be totally frank, better than the one in the U.S.”
Tesla aims to have a color laboratory in Germany, as well as have the world’s most advanced automotive paint shops at its Brandenburg plant.
Musk, while signing autographs for fans, said he also had plans for a “rave cave” on the new factory’s roof which would be a “real fun workplace.” “I think a rave cave is culturally necessary.”