Tesla has combined the list of vehicles that government officials in Berlin can prefer from, a role that’s historically covered only German legacy car brands.

German publication Bild received a hold of the secret list, which exhibits Audi, BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen, and Tesla as carmakers that are certified for government use.

Although the statement did not indicate which Tesla, in specific, was being made possible to government officials, it did consider a lease rate of 11,555 euros per year and an operational cost of 11,623 euros yearly for the vehicle.

“If it is not possible for German manufacturers to produce an electric vehicle with auxiliary heating, then we will include foreign brands in the list,” State Secretary Sabine Smentek told in an interview.

State Secretary for Education Beate Stoffers has proved that her vehicle of selection is a Tesla.

“I looked at the CO2 values ​​and range, and you also support a company that invests in the Berlin region,” Stoffers answered.

The Berlin Senate consists of a governing mayor, eight senators, also 25 state secretaries. These officials are provided a list of potential service vehicles that they can test drive to two hours. Once they’ve got their choice, they can lease the vehicle for a year. If they will use it for private trips, members of the Berlin Senate should hold a logbook for tax purposes.

To be covered in the list of service vehicle choices for the Berlin Senate is a huge signal that Germans have felt the presence of the California-based electric vehicle manufacturer in the country’s capital. It’s also a wake-up call for the German legacy automakers that have continued to fight with supporting consumer needs in the face of an electric vehicle revolution that’s been spearheaded by Tesla.

Tesla has been getting a fair amount of support from the federal and state government of Brandenburg as it pushes closer to the start of construction for Giga Berlin , its first car company in Europe. The carmaker has formally applied for federal scholarships for its battery cell production at the Gigafactory in Grunheide.

Gigafactory Berlin is demanded to start production by July 2021 and try to produce 150,000 vehicles annually while its initial phase and eventually up production to 500,000 units per year in the future. The Tesla car company is also demanded to generate almost 8,000 new jobs that will benefit young workers in Germany and nearby countries.

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