Elon Musk celebrates opening German Tesla Gigafactory with a dance

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What just happened? Tesla’s first European factory officially opened yesterday, just over two years after it was announced, and CEO Elon Musk was there to celebrate with a mandatory dance. The first thirty Model Y vehicles produced at the $5.5 billion Grenheide Gigafactory rolled off the production line as they were viewed by buyers and their families.

“This is a great day for the factory,” Musk said, describing the occasion as “another step toward a sustainable future,” Reuters wrote. He added that Tesla is likely to launch a test version of its new Full Self-Driving software in Europe next year, assuming it gets regulatory approval.

“It’s quite difficult to drive completely by yourself in Europe,” he told factory workers on Tuesday, citing the difference between the US and Europe, where roads and regulations differ drastically in each country.

Musk promised a Twitter user that he would break out of the father dancing at the opening ceremony, which he delivered. He seems to enjoy showing off his moves; The world’s richest man did an equally clumsy jig at the opening of the Shanghai Gigafactory in January 2020. Maybe he’ll stay in shape for his fight with Vladimir Putin.

Tesla plans to plant 5,000 to 10,000 vehicles per week by the end of this year, with a final production capacity of 500,000 units per year and 50 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery power.

Although the factory was only announced in 2019, the delivery was not without problems. Environmentalists have campaigned against the project – two protesters at the opening blocked traffic for hours – and a German court ordered the earthworks to be temporarily halted due to the environmental impact. Tesla has also faced licensing delays from German authorities.

Tesla said the new owners received the Model Y Performance configuration, which costs 63,990 euros ($70,500) and offers 320 miles of range. The company added that new orders from the factory could be delivered from April.

Courtsey videos from Bloomberg, CNBC

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