The European production of the Tesla Model Y is delayed, mainly due to the slower than anticipated plant construction. The company came across bureaucratic hurdles with getting permissions and approvals as well as local environmental concerns. The final approval has yet to be granted.
Because of that, the Tesla Model Y is now imported from China and the first cars might be delivered within the next few weeks.
Elon Musk said:
"“We’re looking forward to hopefully getting the approval to make the first cars maybe in October if we are fortunate,”"
Reuters notes that Tesla's boss met at the plant with Armin Laschet, Germany’s conservative candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor.
Some comments, not necessarily Tesla-friendly, suggest that Tesla's Elon Musk shows up with politicians to secure a green light in exchange for publicity.
Let's take a look at the latest flyover videos from the Tesla Giga Berlin:
Tesla Gigafactory 4 (aka Tesla Giga Berlin) at brief:
- located in the Berlin-area (in Grünheide, Brandenburg, Germany), near the new airport
- preparations started in mid-February 2020, while construction works started in late May 2020
- to produce Model 3/Y starting in 2021 with the Model Y
- will produce also batteries (for sure modules/packs) and powertrains
- expected volume of 500,000 annually (unofficial target), initially 150,000
- expected investment of €4 billion (unofficial)
- expected 10,000 jobs (unofficial)
- Tesla Model Y to utilize: 4680 battery cells, structural battery packs, mega castings (front and rear part of the car) and innovative paint process (Geico Taikisha)
- the plant is expected to produce 4680-type cylindrical cells