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The construction of Tesla Giga Berlin is progressing at a consistently rapid pace. The company and its German construction partners rely primarily on precast concrete elements for extremely high construction speeds. This allows building even faster than in China.
Less than 11 months should elapse from the groundbreaking ceremony to the completion of construction in Grünheide. This is how long it took Tesla to build its factory in Shanghai. According to Evan Horetsky, who is responsible for the construction of Giga Berlin, the factory is currently about 20% complete. Although initially slated to start production in mid-2021, Tesla should be ahead of schedule and start production in early 2021.
The most active building under construction is the Drive Unit. All the walls, except for the western one, are practically finished. The western wall is also nearing completion. The roof is already finished and almost completely insulated.
Construction of the Paint Shop continues; now there are more walls. The roof covering continues and we can see that it's almost done. Giga Berlin will get the world's most advanced paint shop. Using the new painting technology, Tesla cars will have a special, attractive, and lively look. 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.
The equipment for the world's most advanced paint shop will be supplied by Geico Taikisha. Geico Taikisha became the first company in the world to offer a paint shop with zero environmental impact, reducing consumption by 70%.
The Body in White building continues to go up at a very quick pace. All pillars have already been installed and the roof frame is being assembled. Part of the roof is already covered and even insulated.
Judging by the way the construction process is going, it seems that the building will go up using the same technology as the Drive Unit. Most likely, the building will receive all walls first, except for the western one. The west side will have two floors and truck ramps.
The installation of footings for Casting continues. This process requires special attention as the building will house 8 giant Die Casting Machines—Giga Presses. Most of the footings are already installed, though it may take up to 2 weeks to fully complete this step.
The installation of the pillars for the General Assembly seems to have been completed and the roof structures are now being installed.
According to preliminary estimates of German politicians, Tesla may receive final environmental approval as early as mid-December. "When the approval for the entire project comes, is closely related to the development plan procedure. Both should be signed and sealed in mid-December," said Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Energy Jörg Steinbach.
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