During an open house held at Tesla's new Gigafactory in Berlin, Elon Musk stated that the company aims to start production of its Model Y cars there by the end of this year. Bloomberg reported that Musk said that he hopes the plant will produce between 5,000 to 10,000 vehicles per week by 2022. Tesla is still waiting to receive final approval as local authorities assess the environmental impact of the plant.
On Saturday, Tesla hosted a Gigafest county fair-style event in Gruenheide, near the Gigafactory. It featured music, rides and food trucks, as well as tours of the new plant. After being delayed numerous times by complaints from environmental groups, Tesla's German Gigafactory is now in its final stages of construction. Musk stated Saturday that Tesla would plant more trees during construction than it had cut and will use as little water as possible.
Musk announced that Tesla would locate its European Gigafactory in 2019, which he refers to as a machine that makes the machine in Germany. Musk stated that the company aims to make as many as 500,000 cars per year and employ 12,000 people at the plant.