Tesla has delivered to buyers the first 30 Model Y cars that rolled out of its German Gigafactory. Tesla is one of the leading names in the world of electric vehicles (EV), and the Model Y is one of its most popular offerings. After recent price hikes, the Model Y Rear-Wheel-Drive starts at $48,900 before tax exemptions in the U.S., while the Model Y Performance sells for $67,900.
Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin is situated about 20 miles southeast of central Berlin in Grünheide, Germany. Elon Musk originally announced the factory in 2019. The factory is expected to produce batteries, battery packs and electric powertrains in addition to assembling the Model Y. It is one of the many Tesla Gigafactories around the world, including Giga Nevada (in Storey County, Nev.), Giga New York (in Buffalo, N.Y.), Giga Shanghai (in China) and Giga Texas (in Austin, Texas).
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Tesla’s German Gigafactory opened today amid much fanfare in the presence of CEO Elon Musk and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. According to Reuters, the handover ceremony for the first 30 cars to their respective owners included loud music, with Musk even shaking a leg as the customers and their families cheered and clapped. The buyers were given Model Y ‘Performance’ cars with a 320-mile range and cost €63,990 ($70,491) a pop in Germany.
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Giga Berlin will reportedly have a total production capacity of 500,000 vehicles per year by 2025, with the company planning to produce between 5,000 and 10,000 cars per week by the end of this year. Alongside the cars, As mentioned above, Giga Berlin will also manufacture batteries, with plans to produce 50-gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery power per year, which would make it the biggest battery manufacturer in Germany. Production at the factory was supposed to start last year but was delayed for various reasons, including protests by environmental groups. However, the manufacturing began earlier this month after the factory received its final approval on March 4.
Despite receiving the all-clear from German authorities, the factory continues to face strong opposition from environmentalists. The protesters are opposed to the plant’s high water use and claim that the 1.4 million cubic meters of water a year the plant needs will create a drinking water shortage in the region. Tesla, however, denies those allegations. The company also recently won a court case against the environmental groups, securing its water supply for the factory. However, that isn’t deterring protesters, many of whom demonstrated at today’s event, creating inconveniences for attendees and holding up traffic for hours after the event.