Tesla has offered a peek inside its new Giga Berlin facility, located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of the German capital.
To celebrate the completion of the Giga Berlin, Tesla invited members of the public to organize a one-of-a-kind county fair that included tours of the new factory. Tesla chief Elon Musk also attended the Giga Fest shindig held on Saturday.
A video (below) dropped by the electric-car maker on Sunday offers a glimpse inside the factory that is set to become a key part of Tesla’s European efforts in the coming years.
Giga Berlin will assemble the Tesla Model Y for European customers, and will also produce batteries and powertrains for its electric vehicles.
Tesla is looking forward to fire up the production line before the end of this year, and the plant wants to pump out between 5,000 and 10,000 electric cars per week by the end of 2022.
But Giga Berlin cannot begin operations until local authorities give their consent as they continue to assess the facility’s environmental impact on the surrounding area. Ever since plans for the plant were first laid out in 2019, environmental protesters have been insisting that building the factory would adversely affect wildlife and local water supplies. The dispute continues to this day, with protesters still intent on protecting parts of the site that are yet to be constructed.
As part of efforts to push protesters forward, Musk has said that Tesla will plant more trees than was felled during the construction project, and as little as possible to reduce the impact on groundwater levels in Germany’s driest regions. will use water.
Despite the odds, the GigaFest attendees were determined to have a good time. bloomberg described the atmosphere as “festive”, adding that visitors lined up “for a Model Y test ride, a Ferris wheel, and a tour of the factory interior”.
Musk also retweeted footage from a dance party held at Giga Berlin as part of the Giga Fest celebrations. It’s not clear whether the video shows the rave space the CEO said he was considering during the design phase of the Giga Berlin.
— Tobias Lindh (@tobilindh) October 9, 2021