Tesla to start production at German Gigafactory by end of 2021: Musk
Speaking at the “Giga-Fest” county fair-style event which included music, rides and food trucks, Musk said the electric car maker would start by making Model Y vehicles, in addition to millions of battery cells.
“We aim to start production in a few months, roughly, in November or December, and hope to deliver our first cars in December. But starting production is an easy part. The hardest part is reaching volume production. “he told the audience at the event late Saturday.
The Berlin Gigafactory faces several lawsuits from environmental groups. Locals have filed over 800 complaints against the facility.
Despite the protests, Tesla has a 95% chance of securing approval for the plant, according to the Brandenburg Minister of the Economy.
Tesla aims to produce up to 500,000 cars per year and has 12,000 employees at the Berlin plant.
Musk announced last week that Tesla is moving its headquarters from Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, Calif., To Austin, Texas, where it is building a factory.
Tesla will continue to operate its electric vehicle plant in Fremont, California, and will increase production there by 50%.
“I am delighted to announce that we are moving our corporate headquarters to Austin, Texas,” Musk said at an annual meeting of shareholders.
Musk himself moved to Texas last year, as SpaceX increased its presence in the southern tip of the country.