Tesla CEO Elon Musk has officially opened a production line in Germany. The new electric vehicle producing plant was launched on Tuesday March 22, 2022 close to Gruenheide, Germany.
This is Tesla’s first manufacturing facility in Europe, and the organization hopes to ease the heat off its other manufacturing plants in the U.S. and China.
Tesla sees the Berlin processing plant delivering up to 500,000 vehicles in a year. In recent times, Tesla has been trading vehicles from China to customers in Europe.
During the launch, Musk cut a red ribbon at the new Giga Berlin (or Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg) production line, which is in Grünheide, a coal town in Brandenburg, Germany, inside driving distance of the capital.
Meanwhile, Tesla had to temporarily shut production at its Shanghai plant due to Covid-19 cases resurgent in China. That limited production of made-in-China Model 3 and Model Y vehicles there for at least two days.
As at now, the crave for EVs remain extremely high in Europe, and Tesla can depend on some production on the continent, not exclusively to be transported from China.
Tesla is now poised to expand around the world following the launch of its Gigafactory 3 plant in Shanghai in late 2019. The organization has also opened one more plant in Austin, Texas, as of late.
Interestingly, Elon Musk had already announced his plans to build a plant in Germany back in 2019, and, even praised German engineering as being remarkable.
The contingent license for the vehicle and battery plants in Brandenburg was expected following months of delays.
Tesla had intended to start production of vehicles by early summer of 2021, but the Covid pandemic, supply chain complications and clashes with environmentalists slowed its progress.