It’s official. The Berlin-Brandenburg Gigafactory opened its doors on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. The news was confirmed by Elon Musk himself on Twitter. The CEO also added that the first Model Y Performance manufactured at the production site will be delivered to their new owners.
In 2019, Elon Musk announced to everyone’s surprise the construction of a brand new Gigafactory. This time, Tesla wants to settle in Europe, a first. This new production site will lay its foundations in Germany, near Berlin, and will be used to manufacture the all-new Model Y electric SUVs for the European market.
Two years later, and after multiple postponements linked in particular to sabotage or even delays in the delivery of components, the Berlin-Brandenburg Gigafactory has officially opened its doors on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. This was confirmed on Twitter by Elon Musk himself: “We are delighted to hand over the first production cars made by Giga Berlin-Brandenburg tomorrow,” welcomes the billionaire.
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Indeed, the Gigafactory in Berlin is already in operation, and the first 30 Model Y Performances on the site will be delivered to their owners. This version, displayed at €66,990 in France, will offer a range of 514 kilometers according to the manufacturer’s statements. It will have an improved top speed of 250 km/h, a 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, lowered suspensions, an aluminum crankset and a carbon fiber spoiler. This model is already available on the manufacturer’s French site, and the first deliveries are scheduled for April 2022.
Coming back to the German Gigafactory, Tesla has big ambitions for this factory. With an impressive area of 227,000 m2the site should accommodate no less than 12,000 employees when the various production units have adopted their cruising speed. The site will produce vehicles, battery cells, electric motors, plastic components, seats, axles and much more as Tesla explains. Eventually, thehe brand intends to manufacture no less than 500,000 Model Ys and up to 50 GWh of battery per year. If these goals are achieved, the Gigafactory in Berlin can claim to be the largest electric car factory in Europe in terms of production volume.