On Tuesday, Tesla‘s first German-made cars were delivered to clients by the company’s CEO Elon Musk at the Gruenheide plant. That represents the start of the U.S. company’s inaugural European hub. In addition to history’s biggest investment in Germany’s car industry.
The glitzy, neon-lit Tesla-branded exit, where the 30 clients and their families received their vehicles, witnessed a huge crowding when Elon Musk arrived.
“This is a great day for the factory. It’s another step in the direction of a sustainable future”. Musk said.
However, not everyone was a supporter of Tesla that day. Some environmental groups gathered outside the plant holding banners and pots to express their concerns about the plant‘s high water use to the trees felled to build it.
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Basically, Musk hoped to start production eight months ago, but that didn’t happen. because of licensing delays.
Finally, the local authorities gave Tesla the final go-ahead to begin production on March 4. But that approval met with several conditions. Such as air pollution control and water use.
The automaker company said that its clients will receive the Model Y Performance. This vehicle costs 63,990 euros ($70,491.38) with a 514 km (320 miles) range. Starting from April, customers can receive their orders from the plant.
3,500 workers have been hired so far in the plant, and the number is expected to reach 12,000 workers.
The plant is planning to produce 500,000 cars a year. This number is more than the 450,000 battery-electric vehicles that German rival Volkswagen sold globally last year.