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Tesla opens Texas Gigafactory as China factory stays shut

Austin plant follows Berlin factory as EV maker works to increase deliveries by 50%

Elon Musk at the opening ceremony for the Tesla factory for electric cars in Gruenheide, Germany, on March 22. (Source photo by Reuters)

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Tesla threw an all-night party for the grand opening of its Austin Gigafactory in Texas on Thursday as the U.S. electric vehicle maker prepares to ramp up production at home and in Europe while its main production hub in Shanghai remains shuttered due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The opening ceremony in Austin, billed as a "Cyber Rodeo," kicked off at 4 p.m. and was set to run until midnight. Tesla applied for a permit to accommodate up to 15,000 people for what Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted might be "the biggest party on earth."

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