Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, has claimed that the company hopes to deliver the first vehicles from its new Berlin facility in December, but bulk production will take longer. The factory’s production capacity is expected to be 5,000 to 10,000 electric vehicles per week.
Elon Musk said the Model Y assembly factory would begin producing cars in November or December at the site’s Saturday event.
According to him, until Tesla builds a battery facility in Germany, the company will most likely acquire its batteries from its operations in China.
“Starting production is good, but volume production is the hard part,” Musk told an applauding crowd at a plant festival, many of whom live-streamed the speech on social media. Volume manufacturing will take longer than the time it took to construct the factory.”
He predicted that by the end of next year, the company would be able to produce 5,000 or “ideally 10,000” vehicles per day in volume and battery cells.
Last year, Musk disclosed that the company intends to deploy a solar roof and a self-driving automobile in Europe.
The factory’s construction is now complete, but Tesla is still awaiting final permission, which is critical to its European development goals as Volkswagen AG, Daimler AG, and BMW AG expand their electric vehicle lines. German heavy industry, which was decimated during World War II, will see new jobs created due to the production.