After eight months of complicated bureaucracy, Tesla Berlin Gigafactory officially opened on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.
This Berlin Gigafactory is the first in Europe and is targeted to produce around 500,000 cars per year. Elon Musk was seen celebrating the opening of the Berlin Gigafactory with a bit of dancing and fireworks.
“This is a great day for the factory and for the Earth as another step towards a sustainable future,” he said. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Olaf Scholz added that it was a positive step for the automotive industry in Germany.
There are about 30 new Model Y Performance EVs launched as the first vehicles made at the Berlin Gigafactory.
In this new factory, Tesla targets production to reach 500,000 per year. However, this target will be carried out gradually. In the first few weeks of production, Tesla is expected to be able to build around 2,000 cars. After six weeks, production was again increased to 5,000 per week by the end of 2022.
Gigafactory Berlin is located in the small town of Grunheide which is traditionally known as a coal producer in Brandenburg, Germany and not far from Berlin.
The local city council and environmentalists regretted the felling of trees at the site where the factory was built. This problem caused the factory opening to be delayed by up to eight months.