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Giga Berlin Is Up And Running, And Elon Musk Breaks Into A Dance!

With the opening of the Brandenburg facility, Tesla.Inc kicks things off with its operations on the old continent

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Elon Musk finally inaugurated the Berlin Gigafactory and presented the first Tesla Model Ys produced in Europe to an excited crowd made of up employees, the press, bureaucrats, and eager customers. He was joined by German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz.

Another Milestone For Tesla.Inc

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After years of facing several hurdles and delays due to environmental concerns, Tesla’s Giga-Brandenburg just outside of the German capital of Berlin has now become a reality

A new chapter begins for Tesla as the EV maker begins its European operations with the opening of its Giga Brandenburg facility in Berlin. It is the automaker’s first factory on the old Continent. This comes after Tesla had initially encountered several hurdles and delays. But finally, the Model Y is now being built and Elon Musk himself was there to hand over the first 30 finished customer cars.

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Musk was there to personally deliver the first 30 Model Y customer cars

If you weren’t already aware, the Gigafactory’s construction has been beset by periodic stoppages and repairs as a result of several environmental groups protesting against its construction. The adverse environmental impact caused by this mega build led these groups to sue Tesla. After more than five months of haggling with the Brandenburg authorities, Tesla eventually got everything in order.

What Musk Had To Say

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Tesla will make sure that this is a gemstone for the area, Germany, for Europe, and the world.” He further expanded on creating a sustainable future.

Giga Berlin

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The Giga Berlin facility will have an annual capacity of 500,000 vehicles and its 12,000 string work force will play a part in realising those ambitious figures

The German Gigafactory is now expected to produce 500,000 vehicles per year. The 227,000 square meters and 12,000 employees strong will help Tesla achieve these goals.

“We will also make battery storage. This is gonna be very important for storing renewable energy, so for solar and wind. Because it's intermittent and it needs to be stored, but we are extremely confident that the world can transition to a sustainable energy future with the combination of solar, wind, plus battery storage, and electric vehicles. If you have those three legs of the stool, then you can create a sustainable energy future for as long as the sun shines and the wind blows” - Elon Musk
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Apart from EVs, Musk also emphasized the importance of building a sustainable energy future where battery storage will play a major role in capturing energy from wind and solar

In a later phase, a portion of the plant will be allocated to the production of battery cells. This opens the door to the possibility that Y-models in Europe will be furnished with the new 4680 cells that are presently operational at the Texas Gigafactory in the medium to long term.

What This Means For The Continent

With deliveries finally underway, Tesla can now scale back fulfilling European orders from its Shanghai facility. It will now begin to scale up operations in Europe. CNBC recently put out a video on why VW is beating Tesla in Europe, but with the Californian EV maker now on its home turf, it needs to be seen if Tesla can win the European EV race.


Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
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