Amid fireworks, carnival games, music and futuristic tech, Tesla’s multi-billionaire CEO Elon Musk threw a massive invitation-only party for some 15,000 guests at the company’s new Gigafactory, which is worth more than a billion dollars, in Austin, capital of the American state of Texas.
Cyber Rodeo in Giga Texas brought together guests and was hosted by Musk to mark the grand opening and public unveiling of its $1.1 billion manufacturing plant in Travis County, which also serves as its new headquarters. social to society after moving from California.
According to a county-issued permit, the event included interactive tours, food, alcohol and entertainment, but was off-limits to the general public and media.
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Musk said the factory, which would employ up to 10,000 workers, would build ITS Cybertruck, Semi, Model 3 and Model Y sport utility vehicles. Guests at the private event saw Tesla cars in various stages of development and the robots to help them.
Speaking at the grand opening, Musk – the world’s richest person with a current net worth estimated at around $280 billion according to Forbes magazine – called the Austin factory “the biggest building in plant in the world by volume” and “the most advanced automotive plant the world has ever seen”.
Musk praised the Tesla team that built the facility and said, “Thank you, Austin, and thank you, Travis County.” He explained how massive the new factory was and teased the products that were still in development, including the Cybertruck and a robotaxi that he promised would look futuristic.
Musk promised the Cybertruck and the Tesla Semi in 2023. It wasn’t easy to build this huge building and get all this equipment here, Musk said, sporting a big black cowboy hat and thanking the neighbors of Tesla in Travis County, as well as Tesla employees who helped build the plant.
If you put the building on its side, it’s taller than the Burj Khalifa, Musk said, a reference to the world’s tallest skyscraper in Dubai. He joked that according to Tesla’s calculations, 194 billion hamsters could fit in the building that built battery cells. “We believe that over time it will be the largest cell factory in the world,” he said.
“Why Austin? California is great and we were still growing there, but we were running out of space,” Musk said. “We need a place where we can be really big, and there’s no place like Texas.”
Tesla has already begun delivering the first Texas-made Tesla vehicles to customers, Musk said. While Tesla and Musk had made it clear in recent weeks that the “Cyber Rodeo” was an invite-only event, that didn’t stop many wannabes from showing up on Thursday, hoping to get in from somewhere. one way or another.
Dozens of Tesla fans and members of the media — some of them from out of state, all uninvited — lined up along the company’s property in Southeast County. Travis. Tesla built its Austin vehicle assembly plant in about two years from scratch.
Its first American car plant in Fremont, California was jointly owned by GM and Toyota before Tesla adapted it to build its Model S sedan and Model X SUVs, its first mass-produced vehicles, and later its Model 3 and Model Y more affordable. .
The Fremont plant is still in operation, but Tesla aims to increase production of its Model Y electric vehicles and battery packs in Austin and produce its unusual trapezoidal pickup truck, the Cybertruck, in Texas for customers in North America.
Last month, Tesla opened another “Gigafactory” on the outskirts of Berlin to produce the Model Y SUV. The company’s Shanghai factory, which started vehicle production in late 2019, was closed for days in due to covid health restrictions in the Chinese financial capital.
(Edited by : Jomy Jos Pullokaran)
First post: STI