In November, at the latest in December, series production is to start in Grünheide. This was announced by Elon Musk on Saturday at the Tesla County Fair, an open day with a folk festival character, to which up to 9,000 visitors attended. In addition, the first deliveries from the factory, which so far still has no final building permit, should already be made in December.
Initially 5,000 Model Y per week , possibly Cybertruck
should be loud Musk will initially roll off around 5,000 Tesla Model Ys per week. However, ramping up production afterwards could take until the end of 2022, according to the Tesla boss. By then, the construction of the world’s largest battery factory immediately adjacent to the new Gigafactory should be completed and commissioning should take place.
From the beginning of 2023, up to 500,000 electric cars could roll off the assembly line with around 12,000 employees. The Tesla Cybertruck, which is still being planned, could also be built in Grünheide, Musk indicated. In any case, it depends on the new battery technology, which Tesla first showed at Battery Day 2020, but has not yet brought into series production anywhere.
New battery factory in operation from the end of 2022, fear of staff shortages
The planned battery factory should now that would secure jobs for a further 2,000 employees. Funding for this factory from funds from the second European battery cell program (IPCEI) alone is expected to amount to around 1.1 billion euros. A good third of the 2.9 billion IPCEI funding pot would go to Tesla alone.
The Tesla boss is apparently worried about personnel acquisition. He hopes that the Gigafactory in Grünheide will attract people from all over Europe. To what extent this can actually succeed remains to be seen. After all, the manufacturer is not known for high wages in his country of origin.
FSD comes to Europe – possibly
Musk rejects criticism of water consumption
Again, Musk rejected the criticism that the plant uses too much water and endangers the security of supply in the region. The Gigafactory hardly consumes any water, he claimed and linked this statement with the corporate mission he had issued to promote the fastest possible transition to renewable energies in terms of climate protection.
Musk left one question completely unanswered – the one about the Rave Cave. At the beginning of the planning phase of the Grünheider Gigafactory, the Tesla boss asked his Twitter audience whether a techno nightclub should be opened under the factory and was largely approved. Apparently it was just one of the multibillionaire’s many jokes – at least Musk left the stage smiling, but without answering.