Tesla hosts festival at Berlin gigafactory to announce start of production by December

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk threw a rager at the new Berlin Gigafactory on Saturday — complete with bright lights, techno music, a Ferris wheel, carousel, arcade and vegetarian food trucks — to announce the start of production at the disputed site that’s environmentally friendly. facing litigation. Group.

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“We’re aiming to start production in a few months, basically in November or December, and hopefully deliver our first cars in December,” Musk said at the event, to applause from thousands of fans. ” “But starting production is the easy part. The hard part is reaching volume production.”

Musk said volume production amounts to 5,000 or “hopefully 10,000” vehicles per week. The factory is expected to manufacture Model Y vehicles in addition to millions of battery cells. Tesla submitted plans to invest about $5.8 billion in a 300 GWh capacity battery plant next to the 50-hectare site, and Musk promised volume production of battery cells by the end of the year. Volkswagen’s planned factory in Salzgitter 40 GWh capacity is expected to be generated.


Construction on the Tesla Gigafactory in Berlin-Brandenburg, which was awarded by authorities as part of an extraordinary process two years ago, is nearly complete despite protests from locals holding final approval for the plant due to environmental concerns. Musk’s over-the-top phenomenon appears to be an attempt to win over the natives, almost reminiscent of a cartoonish ploy. strange thingsmayor kline Throwing an Independence Day festival to win votes and distract attention from the Russians he leased to open yet another portal.

in juneThe Finnish political party Green League and the Brandenburg Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union sued the factory to immediately stop the testing of machines in the paint shop, foundry and press shop over concerns of chemical leakage and other environmental damage. Last yearWork on the site was temporarily suspended after the NGO requested an injunction to protect the natural habitat around some of the endangered lizards and snakes.

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Locals filed over 800 complaints, which are being discussed through an online residents’ consultation process, which is scheduled to close on October 14. according to bloomberg. Only after this the Environment Officer will take the final decision on the clearance.

Despite the pushback, Tesla has a 95% chance of getting factory approval, According to the Minister of Economy of Brandenburg. Tesla factory, which is currently hiring widely across Europe, is in favor With many political parties in the country which see it as a major economic boost for East Germany.

Musk defended the factory against critics, saying it uses “relatively little” water and that battery production would be “sustainable”.

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