The German Gigafactory for which Tesla has long been famous is close to making its first electric cars. as Bloomberg According to reports, company president Elon Musk told those who attended the October 9 event that the Berlin-area plant should start production of the Model Y crossover in November or December. The challenge, Musk explained, was to raise production to healthy levels.
The CEO estimated that the Berlin Giga plant would produce 5,000 to 10,000 vehicles per week, but only by the end of 2022. He added that the facility will likely export batteries from China until the German cell factory is ready. Don’t expect this last plant to play a meaningful role in Tesla’s profits for a while.
This is also assuming that the Gigafactory is moving forward as planned. Tesla still faces complaints and lawsuits over the plant’s impact, particularly on the environment, and the public consultation process won’t end until October 14. There is a possibility that officials will refuse final approval or ask for more promises.
Tesla has pledged to offset the plant’s impact by planting more trees than was removed, not to mention reducing water use. Whether or not that will be enough to satisfy the authorities, it’s clear that Tesla’s European plans have reached a turning point. The next few weeks could decide whether Tesla rises in the region or struggles against revamped incumbents.
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