Elon Musk Hosts a Rave For 9,000 People to Celebrate the Opening of Tesla’s Berlin Gigafactory

Over the weekend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk played the role of Gatsby and threw a party for 9,000 people in Gruenheide, Germany. Musk hosted the event — complete with decorations ranging from flashing lights to techno music — to celebrate the opening of Tesla’s Berlin-Brandenburg gigafactory.

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At the October 9 event, Musk said the factory could start production as early as next month. 

“We’re aiming to start production in a few months, basically, November or December, and hopefully deliver our first cars in December,” Musk said at the festival. “But starting production is kind of the easy part. The hard part is reaching volume production.”

According to TechCrunch, Tesla is expected to manufacture Model Y vehicles and millions of battery cells at the factory. The company submitted plans to invest around $5.8 billion in a battery plant next to the 300-hectare site.

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Tesla’s over-the-top celebration comes after numerous protests from locals throughout the factory’s two-year construction process. Bloomberg reports locals have filed more than 800 complaints against the factory. 

Chief among the locals’ concerns is the factory’s impact on the area’s water supply and wildlife. Tesla has been responding to complaints by reasoning that Tesla is ultimately aiding Germany in its electric mobility goals and creating jobs for the country.

Musk has also been quick to defend the factory’s impact on the environment.

Even with numerous protests from locals, Brandenburg’s economy minister Joerg Steinbach says the factory has a 95% chance of getting approval to operate. The complaints are being discussed through an online residents’ consultation process, which is due to end on October 14. After that, environmental authorities will make a final decision on approval for the factory.

“I am fully convinced Tesla can have a positive effect on Germany,” Steinbach told Reuters.

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