Germany: Elon Musk makes first visit to Berlin Gigafactory

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk visited the construction site of the company’s gigantic Gigafactory on Thursday for the first time. Musk gave a brief interview with reporters upon his arrival to the Gigafactory.

“Deutschland rocks. Wait until we have the rave cave here, that’s gonna be great. We wanna make this a real fun place to work. We wanna make it beautiful and blend in to Grunheide. It’s a great place to work, making cool cars,” Musk said immediately after arriving.

Located just 35 kilometres (20 miles) south-east of central Berlin, Gigafactory Berlin will produce batteries, cells, and assemble Tesla Model 3, Model Y. It aims to have an annual capacity of 500,000 cars. The budget for the factory is believed to be approximately €4 billion ($4.7 billion). Production is scheduled to begin in July 2021.

Musk was questioned by a supporter regarding the recent lack of water issues in the region. “It’s not a very intense user of water and we will recycle as much as is humanly possible. I think this will be, I’m pretty confident it will be the most environmentally friendly factory in the world,” answered Musk.

Some diehard fans lined the entrance to get the chance to grab an autograph or a selfie with Musk, and those interviewed showered praise on the entrepreneur.

“I consider him to be an amazing guy, because he has ideas, asks if it is feasible, and puts it in place. It could perhaps be a good signal for our industry, also for trade. And to sort out the economy in Germany,” said one Tesla enthusiast.

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