The Berlin Senate has broadened the list of officials’ automobile available to senators and secretaries of state.
In the nearest future, top politicians will also be able to select a Tesla model of their choice, after the electric car maker starts to produce cars in 2021 in the planned Giga Berlin.
For the first time, Berlin senators and secretaries of state can pick a Tesla as a their official automobile.
According to the spokesperson for the Senate Department for Home Affairs, Tesla Model 3 has been on the order list for the past two weeks.
Senators have the opportunity to lease a car for about a year. An official car must meet certain criteria before they are allowed to lease it. Tesla seems to meet such criteria easily due to the nature of the company. The most important factor in this criteria is that the official car must support heaters while in park mode.
Tesla models is ofcourse not the only choice they have, Audi, BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen models can also be chose from.
The interior senator Andreas Geisel and the governing mayor Michael Müller have different rules when choosing the official car for safety reasons. For example, Müller drives an armored S-Class Mercedes, which according to a December survey by the German Environmental Aid (DUH) is the most polluting official car of all heads of the government. A new car according to Senate spokesperson Claudia Sünder is to be delivered in the first half of 2020 and must pollute less.
Tesla plans to start production of Model 3 and Model Y in the planned Giga Berlin factory in Grünheide, Berlin.