Elon Musk has arrived in Europe where he is to launch the start of a new era of Tesla (TSLA) – Get the Tesla Inc report on the continent. The electric vehicle maker that produced nearly a million vehicles in 2021 wants to step up a gear and produce more in the years to come.
To achieve this, Tesla built a Gigafactory near Berlin.
The production of this site will initially be devoted to the Model Y SUV. The cars that come out of this plant will mainly serve the European market.
Musk is expected to kick off this new milestone in the history of the band founded in 2003 on Tuesday. According to the @elonjet Twitter account, which tracks the movements of his private jet, Musk arrived in the German capital on Monday from Austin, Texas.
“Landed in Berlin for Tesla delivery event. Flight time ~9:48.”
Delivery of the first Tesla car made in Germany
The @elonjet Twitter account was created by 19-year-old student Jack Sweeney and is one of 15 flight tracking accounts he has created. They are run by robots that Sweeney has programmed to analyze data and tweet each time a chosen plane takes off or lands.
Musk’s tracker, however, is the most popular and he asked Sweeney via Twitter DM to delete the account because “I don’t like the idea of being shot by a weirdo”.
Without saying he was physically in Berlin, Musk announced to his nearly 80 million Twitter followers on Tuesday that he would open Berlin’s Gigafactory on Tuesday and deliver the first Tesla Made in Germany car.
“Glad to be handing over the first production cars made by Giga Berlin-Brandenburg tomorrow!” Musk wrote.
Tesla recently received its permit to officially start manufacturing cars at this plant after many ups and downs, including protests from environmental activists. They fear that the Tesla factory will lead to the drying up of water in the area.
An inauguration ceremony is planned as we have already written.
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Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the festivities were curtailed. According to the local press, around 500 people will be present. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is supposed to be there but his presence is conditional on the evolution of the Russian invasion in Ukraine.
Tesla opponents want to demonstrate in front of the car factory.
“Tomorrow Musk will officially cut the red ribbon at the Giga factory in Berlin as Tesla now establishes a major manufacturing facility in Europe,” Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives wrote on his Twitter account. “We view the opening of Giga Berlin as one of Tesla’s greatest strategic efforts in the past decade. The key to expanding production.”
“Localized” production is the key
Musk seems to agree with this expert since he commented on the analysis with these words.
“It makes a huge difference in the efficiency of capital to locate production on a continent,” commented the billionaire.
As we wrote previously, the opening of this factory is synonymous with an increase in production by the manufacturer of electric vehicles in the coming weeks.
This would allow it to be one of the few automakers to meet a surge in demand as soaring gas prices at the pump significantly affect owners of internal combustion engine cars.
Tesla plans to build up to 10,000 Model Ys per week. The Berlin Gigafactory is supposed to help the company take a slice of the European electric vehicle market, and that rests on the shoulders of that factory and the $5.7 billion Tesla is spending to ramp up production.
In Germany, Tesla will also debut the 4680-cell structural batteries, which will be used in the European-made Model Y SUV. These batteries will usher in a new platform, essentially a new technique.
The new structural batteries will be built so that the Model Y seats attach directly to them, saving even more parts, space and money.
The two ends of the Model Y will be connected by the battery, which will also serve as a connecting element.