Tesla Issues Golden Tickets to Model 3 Buyers for Gigafactory Opening

Straight out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Elon Musk has issued tickets to the grand opening of his Gigafactory to a set of lucky Model 3 buyers.

The opening of Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Reno, Nevada will open the doors to an array of new possibilities, and welcome the needed expansion of Elon Musk’s innovative car company. The event itself seems to be pretty closed off to the public, though; while some high-ranking Model S owners who referred five friends successfully were given automatic invites, anyone who doesn’t fall into the “Tesla VIP” category at the event will have to pay their way in. With that in mind, the Gigafactory 1’s opening could be one of the most coveted events in the tech industry this year, and for some lucky Model 3 buyers, it might be a night worth looking forward to.

Taking a page out of Willy Wonka’s book, Elon Musk has reportedly issued 12 “Golden Tickets” to a group of Model 3 owners who won out over a total of 150,000 entries.

According to Elektrek, which first reported the news of the contest, all of the entries were automatically created on the first day of Model 3 pre-orders, and everyone who ordered that day was automatically entered. The total package includes complete coverage for economy class airfare, accommodations, as well as transportation to and from the event. A Tesla spokesperson confirmed that the contest was real, so somewhere out there, twelve people (and twelve more guests, one each) are headed to Nevada next month.

What’s set to be revealed or previewed at the event remains under wraps for now. The structure is primarily being built as a resource for creating lithium batteries, and Elon Musk has already made the ambitious promise to outproduce all battery manufacturers combined by 2020. The celebration will commemorate the opening of the Gigafactory’s first phase, and the evening promises to be pretty special if past teases from Musk have indicated anything.

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