Berlin: Tesla CEO Elon Musk danced cheerfully at the opening of his ‘Giga Factory’ electric car plant near Berlin, Germany on Tuesday, the video of which went viral on the social network.
After the inauguration of this electric car unit, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted, “Danke Deutschland!” (Thanks, Germany).
Elon Musk also performed at the inauguration in Shanghai in 2020. It was viral on the social networking site. The dance they did now also reminded them of a slightly strange dance in Shanghai.
Tesla also waited two years for approval to open the factory. The construction process also faced arduous legal difficulties.
The unit faced a series of administrative and legal hurdles, including complaints from locals about the environmental impact of the Tesla site.
Tesla, which began construction at its own risk, was formally approved by regional authorities to begin production earlier this month.
Located in Gruenheide, Brandenburg, the eastern German state, this ‘Gigafactory’ is Tesla’s first production facility in Europe.
Local officials are hoping that this will help to position the area as a hub for electric vehicle production.
The company, based in California, aims to eventually employ about 12,000 workers on site, with the company’s all-electric, compact SUVs producing about 500,000 Model Y cars annually.
“We are very confident that the world can be transformed into a sustainable energy future with the combination of solar, wind, plus battery storage and electric vehicles,” Elon Musk said at the opening ceremony.
“I want to assure everyone that you can have hope in the future, you have to have hope in the future,” he said.
Germany’s major car industry is expected to stagnate with the arrival of Tesla. Competitors such as Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are setting the stage for intense competition by switching from conventional engines to cleaner electric vehicles.
At the event, Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, an analyst at the Center for Automotive Research, said the new era in the auto industry is now in Germany.
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Production has begun in Europe.
Giga Berlin-Brandenburg “is one of Tesla’s biggest strategic initiatives of the last decade, and Tesla should further increase its market share within Europe in the coming years, as more and more consumers are aggressively pursuing an electric vehicle,” said analysts at investment firm Wedbush.
But the rapid growth of this unit is not possible due to Tesla’s lack of key equipment and supply chain disruptions.
This was caused by the war between Russia and Ukraine, which also plagued other car manufacturers.
Musk tweeted last week that the company is seeing recent inflationary pressures on raw materials and logistics.
Finance Minister Robert Habeck, who attended Tuesday’s inauguration with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, said it was a special day for the transformation of mobility in Germany.