Tesla opens gigafactory in Germany

Mar 24, 2022 07:42 PM ET
  • The first Model Y electric cars have rolled off the assembly line at the US electric car producer's first European factory.
Tesla opens gigafactory in Germany
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Tesla manager Elon Musk insisted on coming to Berlin from California for the main start of production of the first gigafactory in Europe. Simply outside the capital, in Grünheide, in Brandenburg, the first Tesla Model Y rolled off the assembly line on Tuesday, as well as Musk handed it over to the new proprietors. A total of 30 cars were handed over to clients.

Brandenburg's prime minister, Dietmar Woidke (SPD), likewise participated in the commissioning ceremony; as did federal chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD); federal economics minister Robert Habeck; and also Brandenburg's business economics minister, Jörg Steinbach, and also setting minister, Axel Vogel.

"The truth that you have actually chosen Brandenburg is good for Tesla and also great for the future area of Berlin-Brandenburg," discussed Woidke in his speech at the opening of the manufacturing facility. "Tesla is the outstanding example of Brandenburg's brand-new financial dynamic. The first European gigafactory attracts a lot of interest almost everywhere. This ensures that our country ends up being also much better known as a sophisticated area," Woidke continued. The German state sees good opportunities to attract even more capitalists. There are already prepare for lithium-ion battery manufacturing in Brandenburg. On the whole, a value chain for electromobility can emerge, so Woidke hopes.

Musk tweeted "Thank you Germany" on the day of the opening, in German. He had actually introduced the construction of the factory in Brandenburg in mid-November 2019. Nevertheless, he only received the final approval 2 weeks earlier. Before that, Tesla built at document speed at its very own danger, as well as with some initial approval from the authorities. Many demands still had to be satisfied before manufacturing could start. Lately, the manufacturing facility's water triggered a stir yet this issue appears to be solved currently.

The factory will create thousands of jobs. Tesla intends to produce as much as 500,000 Model Y electric vehicles at the Grünheide site in the first expansion stage. The vehicle considers about 2 heaps as well as is a mid-size SUV with a beginning cost of around EUR64,000. Completely billed, the range needs to be around 500km. On top of that, a manufacturing facility for battery cell is currently being constructed at the exact same site in Grünheide.

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