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Ilan Mask officially inaugurated Tesla Gigafactory in Germany

Tesla's fourth gigafactor plant and its first in Europe were officially inaugurated today in Germany by Ilan Musk, CEO of the company.

CNBC had previously reported that Tesla had received a temporary permit to start commercial production at the plant in early March, It can produce 500,000 cars a year. The company initially hoped to start production at the plant in the summer of 2021, but a series of problems including a corona epidemic, supply chain disruption and environmental concerns delayed its opening.

BingMag.com <b>Ilan</b> <b>Mask</b> <b>officially</b> <b>inaugurated</b> <b>Tesla</b> <b>Gigafactory</b> in Germany

Tesla Gigafactory Factory Outlook in Germany
Credit: Tesla

Environmental concerns have existed since the early stages of the plant, and in February 2020 Tesla was forced to temporarily suspend operations at the plant site. But the company and its CEO have always defended the plant's impact on the environment. Musk argued that the Gigafactory would use relatively little water, and that the forest that had to be cleared before it could be built was not natural and was built to provide a cardboard factory.

Reuters reported in April 2021 that Tesla In a letter to a local court, the German regulatory framework "directly contradicts the urgency of planning and carrying out such projects as are necessary to combat climate change."

Although the plant is now operational, Mask had previously warned that increasing production was a real challenge. The German newspaper Automobilwoche reported that Tesla hopes to increase production to about 1,000 units per week in January, and that the plant could produce up to 30,000 vehicles in the first half of 2022.

BingMag.com <b>Ilan</b> <b>Mask</b> <b>officially</b> <b>inaugurated</b> <b>Tesla</b> <b>Gigafactory</b> in Germany

Tesla cars in front of the Berlin Gigafactory
Credit: Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images

Finally, Tesla has announced that it intends to produce the same amount of 500,000 vehicles and 50 GWh of battery capacity per year at the new plant. The company already employs more than 3,000 of the 12,000 workers it is expected to hire for the new plant, according to Reuters.

Establishing a European manufacturing center is a major logistical victory for Tesla. It will now import European cars from its factories in other parts of the world. The Berlin Gigafactory is a continuation of the company's factories in Nevada, New York and Shanghai, China. The fifth plant is currently under construction in Texas and will be headquartered there.

Cover Photo: Tesla Gigafactory Opens in Berlin
Credit: Staatskanzlei Brandenburg

Source: The Verge

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