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Tesla's German Gigafactory may start building EVs next month

But even if production gets off the ground next month, the plant won't be ready for volume production for a while, according to CEO Elon Musk.

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The world may soon have German-built Teslas. According to comments Tesla CEO Elon Musk made at the new site in Berlin, Germany, this past weekend, production could start next month. Reuters reported on Musk's statements on Sunday; Tesla does not operate a public relations department to field requests for comment. The latest timeframe pushes the CEO's original goal of October production back by a month.

Musk said he hopes Tesla production will begin in November, though he added volume production "is the hard part." The CEO also said it will take longer to reach volume production than it did to build the plant. Musk first confirmed plans for the German factory back in November 2019.

When Tesla does reach volume production, Tesla's boss wants the plant to build 5,000 to 10,000 EVs a day. The company will also build a new battery plant next door to further support European production.

The German Gigafactory's had quite the rough road along the way. The automaker's dealt with local wildlife protections, relocating various animals, WWII-era bombs found nearby and plenty of controversy surrounding the use of local resources.

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It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.

Updated Oct. 12, 2021 8:37 a.m. PT

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