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Musk's bizzare moves at Chinese Tesla factory opening


He didn't smash anything this time, but Tesla boss Elon Musk once again became the centre-of-attention at the latest Tesla event.

After the embarrassment of the Cybertruck unveiling, where he encouraged his chief designer to throw metal balls at the window of the new pick-up only to have them break the glass, Musk played it safer at the opening of the American electric car company's new Chinese factory.

The new Gigafactory 3 is located in Shanghai and has been designed to build the brand's Model 3 sedan and Model Y SUV as well as battery cells. Musk was clearly in a good mood at the event and came onto the stage dancing and even removed his suit jacket before appearing to do 'The Egyptian' dance moves.

Musk had reason to be dancing, the move into China should help the company avoid any tariffs on US made products in the on-going trade war between to two biggest electric vehicle markets in the world.

But Musk wants to go a step further, he revealed plans to design and develop an all-new Tesla model in China for export to the world.

"Something that would be super cool... So we're going to do it... is to try to create a China design and engineering center to actually design an original car in China for worldwide consumption. I think this will be very exciting," Musk reportedly told the audience.

Work has also begun on Tesla's next overseas factory, a new plant outside of Berlin, Germany that will also build Model 3 and Model Y. The company has claimed that the eventual goal of Gigafactory 4 - as the Berlin location will be known - is to produce up to 500,000 vehicles per annum; a huge increase on the approximate 365,000 it built in 2019.

If Tesla can build that many cars in the near future Musk will have more reason to dance.