Tesla had some trouble navigating the German bureaucracy to bring its Gigafactory Berlin project into production.
The automaker was planning to start production of the Model Y at the factory in July, but has experienced delays.
More recently, Tesla said it plans to start production “by the end of the year.”
Today, during a site visit with Armin Laschet, the German Conservative Party’s candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor, CEO Elon Musk said the new target is October (via Reuters):
“We look forward to getting approval to make the first cars maybe in October if we’re lucky. ”
Musk complained that German regulations caused problems for Tesla to operate the plant.
He advised that there should be regular reviews of regulations to assess their usefulness rather than accumulating them.
Laschet seems to agree that the country has too many regulations.
He commented during the factory tour:
“Sometimes it feels like inventing something new is technologically easier than breaking down the bureaucracy in Germany. ”
After the visit, Musk also announced that Tesla would be holding a County Fair at the factory on October 9, around the time they planned to start production:
The first vehicle Tesla plans to build at Gigafactory Berlin is the Model Y, and the vehicle is expected to feature updated bodywork with more mega-casting parts and a structural battery.
Musk previously said the Model Y produced at the new plant would represent a “manufacturing revolution” in the auto industry.
However, Tesla is shipping Model Y vehicles from China in the meantime, with first deliveries expected next month.
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