Elon Musk at Giga Berlin on September 03, 2020. Photo: M.Hitij/Getty Images
Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrived in Germany for a technical visit. Within the framework of this visit, the head of the company will deal with technical issues related to his enterprises in the country. Meetings with local politicians are not planned.
Elon Musk recently visited the UK, where he spent several days. The purpose of his visit was not disclosed, but on May 16, his jet landed in Germany. Several observers of the construction process of the Giga Berlin captured his arrival at the Berlin Airport.
Musk has not scheduled meetings with local politicians, which means the visit is mainly technical in character, said the Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Energy Jörg Steinbach in a tweet posted on May 16.
We have been informed by @Tesla on Friday, May 14th, that a visit of @elonmusk of Grünheide was expected to happen. As the purpose of this visit is mainly technical in character political meetings with Ministerpräsident #Woidke or myself have not been scheduled. @Stk_Brandenburg— Jörg Steinbach (@joergstb) May 16, 2021
The construction of Giga Berlin is almost complete, and at the moment, active internal work, installation, and testing of equipment is underway. In addition, Tesla recently submitted a revised construction application that now includes the building of a battery factory. Therefore, at this stage, Musk's visit is an important step in monitoring the entire process. On Monday morning, he arrived at the construction site in a white Tesla Model 3.
However, a technical visit to Giga Berlin may not be the only goal of the head of the company. There is also a high probability that Musk decided to visit CureVac, since the first strands of mRNA for testing purposes are due out of the printer in Tübingen this summer. CureVac—along with the cutting-edge equipment Tesla produced for it—is preparing to receive approval for a vaccine against COVID-19. CureVac is working on technology that could greatly simplify vaccination logistics and thus limit the spread of COVID-19. What is more, the company also promises to help treat other diseases such as cancer.
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