The construction of Tesla's European factory has made breathtaking progress. The outer shell of Giga Berlin is already nearing completion and work has already begun on the installation of equipment in the Paint Shop. And now, four body-in-white Model Ys were spotted on the construction site today.
In mid-August, Tesla tracker @VedaPrime/Twitter reported that six unpainted body-in-white Model Ys had been spotted heading for Europe. Since then, nothing had been heard about them. Perhaps they were stored in Tilburg, waiting until the moment when they were really needed.
Apparently, after Tesla received permission to begin installing equipment in the Paint Shop, the body-in-white Model Ys were sent to Giga Berlin. Several observers were able to capture four samples of Model Y, which were parked near the Paint Shop. The location of the other two bodies in white remains unknown at this time.
A closeup from another photo I've made on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/6KyDDJasmH— Tobias Lindh (@tobilindh) December 7, 2020
There is a high probability that these bodies in white were delivered to Giga Berlin in order to test the equipment for the Paint Shop. This conclusion may follow from the fact that the equipment in other workshops has not yet been installed, so it is difficult to assume that these bodies in white will be used right now as samples for future production.
Each Tesla factory is modeled on the previous one, but the differences in equipment are impressive. Giga Berlin will have an advanced paint shop, which will be able to apply paint in three layers. Several layers of paint give the color a realistic depth, which makes the colors brighter than possible with traditional paint systems.
“If you get dimension, there’s something called flop, where you see the change in color with curvature,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “If you can do something like lay down a gloss layer, then lay down a layer with color tint, then lay down another gloss layer, you can get kind of a 3D feeling to the paint. It just pops. It's so much better than anything else. We’re going to do this in Berlin for the first time.”
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.