Musk says Tesla will start production at its German Gigafactory by year-end

Elon Musk told an open house at Tesla’s new Gigafactory near Berlin over the weekend that the company intends to start production of its Model Y cars there before the end of the year. . And the CEO added that he hopes the plant will produce between 5,000 and 10,000 vehicles per week by the end of 2022, Bloomberg reported. But Tesla is still awaiting final approval for the plant, as local authorities assess its environmental impact on the region.

Tesla hosted a “Giga-Fest” county fair-style event on Saturday in Gruenheide near the Gigafactory, which included music, rides and food trucks as well as tours of the new factory for local residents. Tesla’s German Gigafactory is in the final stages of construction, having been repeatedly delayed by complaints from environmental groups in the region concerned about the plant’s water use and disturbance to wildlife. Musk said on Saturday that Tesla will plant more trees than it cuts during construction and use as little water as possible at the plant.

Musk first announced in 2019 that Tesla would be installing its European Gigafactory – which he calls a “machine that builds the machine” – in Germany. The company said it aims to produce up to 500,000 cars per year and has 12,000 employees at the plant.

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