Tesla opens its first factory in Europe – level 3

29-03-2022 07:00

Almost 19 years after Tesla opened, it has a car factory network that spans the globe.

The leading electric-vehicle maker officially opened its plant outside Berlin, Germany. Tesla CEO Elon Musk handed over the first 30 Model Y to customers in front of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Musk met his promise to dance like when Tesla opened its Shanghai factory two years ago.

The more than 5.5 billion factory is the biggest investment in a German car plant in recent history. 3,500 workers are currently on-site; however, the company expects the number to rise to 12,000. At full capacity, the plant will produce 500,000 cars annually, more than the 450,000 battery-electric vehicles that German rival Volkswagen sold globally in 2021. The Model Y has a range of 514 kilometers, and it costs 70,590 dollars.

Difficult words: span (to extend from side to side of something), investment (putting money into something to make a profit), range (the distance over which someone of something can get).

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