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According to the Ministry of the Environment, the State Environmental Administration has approved the early start of construction of another site on the territory of Giga Berlin. This permit allows driven piles to be installed as part of the foundation. Among other things, this permit gives the go-ahead to switch on water supply and power lines.
Tesla recently announced that the company will get by with significantly fewer concrete piles that reach groundwater than originally planned, cutting the number of piles from the original 1,500 count down to just 500 to 550. Only the Press Shop will be built on piles; the Casting will be built using different technology. These changes came in response to the concerns of environmentalists, fearing negative consequences for nature and groundwater. And it also happens to save Tesla big on cost.
So far, in the Giga Berlin territory, the construction of the Drive Unit has made the greatest progress. The north and south walls are almost complete and the roof is already more than 1/5 covered. Tesla plans to complete this building in just 19 days. Construction of the Body in White is also gaining momentum. The building frame will soon be completed and the construction of the walls and roof will begin.
Tesla Giga Berlin Reduces The Number Of Piles In The Groundwaterhttps://t.co/UdMBEbgnvR— Tesmanian.com (@Tesmanian_com) August 14, 2020
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Giga Berlin uses prefabricated elements, so construction takes much less time. Currently, there are about a hundred workers on the construction site, but once the internal work begins, the number of employees will increase significantly.
One of the employees said that Tesla supervises the project very scrupulously. Representatives of the company located in the United States are forced to live according to European time in order to be on the alert at any time, businessinsider.de reports. They call several times a day to coordinate all the work. The employee also said that Tesla CEO Elon Musk also often calls to control and coordinate the construction process.
One of the builders said that the working atmosphere on site is better than anything he has ever experienced in a German project before. And while the Tesla CEO may be running a tight ship, this is what is prudent if the company is to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy. The world will need to race the clock to combat climate change, and Elon Musk understands that this is mission critical.
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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.