Construction of the Tesla Giga Berlin main building has started, as recent observations of the pillar and beams arrived by train confirm. Giga Berlin’s production facility will begin construction soon, as the building’s pillars and beams will arrive at the site by train.
Tesla has stepped up the project since January, but recently the foundations for the building and preparations to begin construction of the facility itself have started to take shape.
Photos of Tobias Lindh show a series of construction pillars and beams transported around the Giga Berlin property by a series of freight trains that Tesla has been using since mid-May.
The appearance of the beams and pillars, as well as the past developments of the construction crews who initiated and completed the foundation work, indicate that construction of the facility is imminent.
The pillars and beams for the building structure arrived today at #GigaBerlin.
The first train is already unloaded and a second train has arrived. pic.twitter.com/BVAdieurI
– Tobias Lindh (@tobilindh) June 26, 2020
Tesla is working to meet the Giga Berlin project schedule and plans to start producing the Model Y crossover at the plant by next July. On June 22, a fourth crane that will be used to efficiently lift and move heavy materials appeared on the site. These cranes will handle the load of the incoming beams and pillars during the construction process.
The company’s contracted construction crews are also carrying out a series of foundation digs to begin preparing the ground for the main facility to stand. Tesla received preliminary approval to begin basic work in late May. A series of new foundation holes have been spotted in the footprint of what will ultimately be the main building of the facility.
Tesla has encountered its fair share of obstacles and delays in the process of developing and building its Giga Berlin plant. At the start of the project, the company was rejected by local citizens due to environmental concerns. Yet Tesla’s mission to drive sustainable energy and transport in the European sector in a concentrated way has led to wide acceptance of the project.
On June 25, Brandenburg Economy Minister Jörg Steinbach visited the site. The German government official who has expressed huge support for the electric carmaker arrived with a fleet of Tesla vehicles to see the site’s progress.
Steinbach has been one of the most vocal supporters of Tesla’s presence in Germany. After citing the economic benefits for Brandenburg state and Germany as a whole, the minister has gone out of his way to help the automaker meet its tight schedule by using exemptions to move the construction process forward.
Ultimately, Giga Berlin will produce 500,000 electric cars each year and employ around 12,000 people. With only a year left to the company’s planned start of production, crews are moving quickly and efficiently to meet schedule, and the Giga Berlin hull could arrive very soon.