On March 3rd, Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed that he will attend the groundbreaking ceremony of giga Berlin, Tesla’s German superfactory, according tomedia reports. The ceremony is expected to take place in late March 2020.
Jorg Steinbach, Germany’s minister of economy and energy, has asked Mr. Musk to attend the groundbreaking ceremony when Giga Berlin breaks ground later this month. The timing was revealed by Steinbach in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s national daily. In response, Musk said on Twitter that he would be “sure” to attend, just as he did at the foundation ceremony of Tesla’s Shanghai superfactory Giga Shanghai in January 2019.
Steinbach has also announced that Tesla will receive about 280 million euros in funding from the German state of Grandenburg, according to German newspaper Handelsblatt. The money is an incentive for Tesla to create more jobs.
Mr Steinbach said Tesla could also receive funding from the European Commission. However, the exact number given to Tesla is not known until now, and it could take up to a year to know the final decision.
Steinbach has been one of Tesla and Musk’s strongest supporters since Musk announced tesla’s plans to build a superfactory plant in Berlin. After recognizing that the superfactory could bring economic growth and opportunities for young German workers, Steinbach rejected criticism from all sides, including opposition to the granting of funds to Tesla from the state of Grandenburg.
So far, Tesla’s Giga Berlin program has received a warm welcome from most residents of Grandenburg. A survey by Markische Allgemeine, a local berliner, found that 82 per cent of residents supported the project, while only 15 per cent opposed it. Some 62 per cent of those polled believe giga Berlin will “benefit” Grandenberg.
Tesla’s Giga Berlin, once operational, is expected to create about 12,000 jobs. Steinbach believes Tesla’s success in Grandenberg could bring success to more locations in Germany in the future. “I hope that in 20 years’ time, you will look at the state of Grandenburg as you see Bavaria today, so that we can be among the three largest states in the Federation,” he said. (Tianmen Shan)