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Tesla’s Brandenburg factory becomes Reuters’ Gigafest festival venue

© Reuters. File photo: SpaceX founder and CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, will visit the construction site of Tesla’s Gigafactory in Grünheide, near Berlin, Germany, on May 17, 2021. REUTERS / Michele Tantussi


Berlin (Reuters)-From flashing lights and boom speakers to vast stages and ferris wheels, the Tesla (NASDAQ :) factory near Berlin has been transformed into a one-day county fair festival venue on Saturday. .. Musk.

According to the official event website, the fair is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors in favor of Brandenburg’s locals, starting at 10am and the band and DJ “continuing the party” until late at night.

Musk hopes to start production on the site in the coming weeks, peaking at 500,000 battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) annually. This is more than double the German BEV production in 2020.

The company also submitted plans to invest € 5 billion ($ 5.8 billion) in a 50 GWh capacity battery plant next to the site, with Volkswagen (DE :) planning a Salzgitter 40 GWh capacity. It exceeds the site.

Tesla has repeatedly reminded critics that the site will bring Germany significantly closer to achieving its e-mobility goals, but some locals and environmental groups are facing German business culture. I’m dissatisfied with the destructive approach of the American CEO they say.

The latest discussions on public concerns about the site will end on October 14, after which the Ministry of the Environment will decide whether to reject or approve the site. Brandenburg’s Minister of Economy has fixed the chances of approval at 95%.

The drone footage, released on Twitter (NYSE :) 24 hours before the fair begins, shows that preparations are on track, next to the fast-growing techno beat soundcheck, lighting tests, and Tesla car line. There was a festival tent set up in.

Tesla says it’s about deploying 9,000 people at a time after presenting a plan on how to keep the event COVID safe, even though pandemic curbs limit large gatherings to 5,000 people. Authorities said they had received approval from the local government.

Participants will be given a 1.5-hour tour time frame for the factory and, according to the admission ticket, will be required to provide proof of negative COVID testing, vaccination, or recovery.

“We encourage you to discover our factory along the production line. See how a large amount of raw material is melted, pressed and assembled to build our Model Y. I have the opportunity, “the ticket says.

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Tesla’s Brandenburg factory becomes Reuters’ Gigafest festival venue Tesla’s Brandenburg factory becomes Reuters’ Gigafest festival venue

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