Tesla offered a preview of its new Giga Berlin site located about 20 miles southeast of the German capital.
To celebrate the completion of Giga Berlin, Tesla invited members of the public to a sort of county fair event that included tours of the new factory. Held on Saturday, the shindig Giga Fest was also attended by Tesla chief Elon Musk.
A video (below) released by the electric carmaker on Sunday offers a glimpse of the plant that is expected to become a key part of Tesla’s European efforts over the next few years.
Giga Berlin will assemble the Tesla Model Y for European customers and also produce batteries and powertrains for its electric vehicles.
Tesla wants to start the production line before the end of this year, and by the end of 2022, wants the plant to produce between 5,000 and 10,000 electric cars per week.
But Giga Berlin cannot begin operations until local authorities give their consent as they continue to assess the facility’s environmental impact on the surrounding area. Ever since plans for the plant were first presented in 2019, environmental protesters have insisted that building the plant would have a negative impact on wildlife and the local water supply. The dispute continues to this day, with protesters still intent on protecting parts of the site that have yet to be built.
As part of efforts to rally protesters, Musk said Tesla would plant more trees than he felled during the construction project and use as little water as possible to reduce the impact on levels. of groundwater in one of the driest regions of Germany.
Despite the difficulties, the attendees at Giga Fest seemed determined to have a good time. Bloomberg called the atmosphere “festive”, adding that visitors lined up “for Model Y trials, a ferris wheel and tours of the interior of the factory.”
Musk also retweeted footage of a dance party held at Giga Berlin as part of the Giga Fest celebrations. It is not clear whether the video shows the rave space that the CEO said he plans to include during the design phase of the Giga Berlin.
– Tobias Lindh (@tobilindh) October 9, 2021
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