Musk visits German Tesla Gigafactory after suspected arson attack



Tesla CEO Elon Musk is pictured during a tour of the company’s electric car plant in Grueneheide near Berlin, eastern Germany, on March 13, 2024, as workers resume work after production was halted due to a suspected arson attack. Had started, due to which there was power failure. ,

Elon Musk on Wednesday visited the Tesla Gigafactory near Berlin, which was forced to halt production after losing power during a suspected arson attack last week.

Photos showed Musk waving to workers as he arrived at the factory in the German state of Brandenburg and addressing them on stage in a tent where workers had gathered to meet him.

Local media also reported that Musk told the crowd “I love you” in German, but his further comments were drowned out by a factory vehicle parking in front of the journalists and loud music.

Tesla employees stand outside and wait for Tesla chief Elon Musk to arrive outside the Tesla Gigafactory near Grueneheide, Germany on March 13, 2024.

Local media, citing state government sources, said Musk is expected to meet regional politicians during his visit to Germany. CNBC could not independently confirm the reports.

Last week, the gigafactory was left without power and had to temporarily shut down production after a suspected arson at a nearby electrical substation. Tesla said the incident was targeted at the company, In a statement on social media platform,

Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk arrives at the Tesla plant in Grueneheide, Germany, on Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

Left-wing extremist group VulcanGroup claimed responsibility for the attack in a letter posted online criticizing Tesla’s environmental efficiencies. Regional officials are still investigating the matter.

The Brandenburg factory is set to expand, but the project has faced significant resistance from local people and environmental groups, as it would mean the destruction of forests in the area. The workers have camped near the factory in protest.

The plant was able to reconnect to the power grid earlier this week. Michaela Schmitz, chairwoman of the works council at the plant, told local radio channel RBB24 that production at the gigafactory resumed on Wednesday, according to CNBC translation.

He said the employees received their full salaries during the production shutdown.

A banner with the words “Elon” and “Eloff” hangs at the camp of the “Stop Tesla” initiative in a pine forest near the Fangschleuz near the Tesla Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg plant.

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Tesla Manufacturing on Wednesday shared a Video A photo of inside a factory on social media platform X, with the caption: “We’re back.” the post was shared By Musk, who also thanked the Gigafactory team.

He added, “Thanks to the hard work of the Tesla Giga Berlin team and the support of the community, the factory is back online!”

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