The making of the first Gigafactory of Tesla in Europe it is turning out to be more complicated than expected: the massive production complex that is springing up outside Berlin has undergone a further delay, which will cause theinauguration at the end of 2021, if not at the beginning of 2022. The reasons are mainly of nature bureaucratic, related to the production of batteries on site.
It is rising to Grünheide, about 50 km from the center of Berlin, and had to be ready at the beginning of 2021: in the past Tesla has already shown that it can create new productions in a very short time, realizing the Gigafactory in Shanghai in just 11 months, but for the first time the Californian house has to deal with the German bureaucracy, who is giving Elon Musk and company a hard time.
As anticipated at the beginning, the problem should be related to the battery production, which will take place within the same complex but in a separate facility from the one where Model 3 and Model Y will be produced. To build the facility, Tesla hopes to be able to take advantage of public funding made available by the European Union, but to do so will have to undergo a further phase of controls by several offices, followed by one public consultation which will probably further delay the inauguration.
These hitches automatically translate into delivery times of certain models: if until recently the Tesla Italia website said “Production starting from mid-2021” regarding the Model Y, today reads “Estimated delivery: end of 2021”, Confirming the fact that the plans have been postponed for several months. If indeed the two Gigafactory under construction – Berlin e Austin, in Texas – will not be able to go into operation as early as 2021, it will be very difficult for Tesla to achieve the goal of producing 750,000 cars in one year, as wished by the same Elon Musk in closing of 2020.