Tesla CEO on Tuesday celebrated by dancing during the inauguration of the Gigafactory and the rollout of the first “made in Europe” Model Y vehicles at the electric car plant near Berlin.
“Danke Deutschland!!,” Elon Musk tweeted.
Musk presided over the handover of 30 Model Y to their owners. This dance jig was similar to what he did in Shanghai in 2020 in a similar event there.
The “gigafactory” in Berlin was finally inaugurated after two years of bureaucratic hassles and delays.
The plant was opened after two years due to delay in issuing a license by the local authority owing to allegations of environmental impact on the site because of the plant.
This investment by Tesla in Germany is more than 5 billion Euros which is one of the biggest in a German car plant in recent times.
“This is a great day for the factory… We are extremely confident that the world can transition to a sustainable energy future with the combination of solar, wind, plus battery storage and electric vehicles,” Elon Musk said.
The plant is located in Gruenheide in the country’s eastern state of Brandenburg.
The target for the plant is to hire 12000 workers in the site to roll out 5,00,000 cars annually and hence cater to the European market.
The plant has been lauded by the German government as another step away from energy dependency vis-à-vis high amount of oil imports from Russia.
As of 2022, Tesla has six gigafactories across the world. They are in Fermont (US), Nevada (US), New York (US), Shanghai (China), Texas (US) and Berlin (Germany).
As far as Tesla’s operations in India are concerned, New Delhi said last month that the company will have to source auto components worth at least USD 500 million in return for an import tax cut, as per media reports.
Last year Musk had tweeted that import levies on Tesla cars in India were among the highest in the world as the country treats petrol/diesel-based cars at par.
“Tesla is welcome in India, we don't have any problem… We request him that you can start your own plant here. We have all ancillaries available here, you can get quality production here… if you start here, you are welcome… But manufacturing in China and selling in India is not a digestible concept to all of us,” Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had said in an interview to Network18 last month.