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Tesla Opens Berlin Gigafactory Months After Licensing Issues

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Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla has opened a multimillion car plant near Berlin which is the first European hub for the firm.

The plant was held up for eight months after local authority licensing issues.

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The car plant is worth 4billion Euros which makes it the biggest investment in a German car plant. According to Tesla, 12,000 workers have been hired so far.

Mr Musk said: “This is a great day for the factory,” describing it as “another step in the direction of a sustainable future”.

Tesla has now delivered its first 30 German-made Model Y Performance cars. The German model Y has a 514km (320 mile) range and costs £53,000.

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However, the plant is expected to produce up to 500,000 cars annually at full capacity. Additionally,  it will also generate 50-gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery power.

Currently, Volkswagen still dominates in Europe’s electric vehicle market, with a 25% market share to Tesla’s 13%.

The Tesla boss, Elon Musk has said increasing production will take longer than the two years it took to build the firm.

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On the other hand, Tesla acquired permission from local authorities on the 4th of March to begin production. This was only given under a certain condition, water use and air pollution control.


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