Tesla is getting to work on a huge factory in the Brandenburg countryside just outside the German capital and it is scheduled to be ready sometime next year.
On Wednesday Tesla co-founder Musk, who's known for broadcasting his thoughts and ideas on Twitter, tweeted a picture to his nearly 37 million followers. He shared the artists' impression of the Gigafactory with the caption: “Giga Berlin”.
And, as Musk's photo shows, it doesn't look all that shabby.
According to Musk, the roof will be equipped with solar panels. And the factory may have another special feature: a dance floor for ravers – “Possibly indoors and outdoors,” Musk wrote.
Might be an indoor/outdoor rave space on the roof
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2020
Tesla factory with swimming pool on the roof?
When asked by a user whether there will be a swimming pool on the roof, Musk answered briefly but clearly: “Sure,” he said.
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We'll see soon enough if he's being serious.
Tesla's Berlin-Brandenburg Giga Factory was announced in November 2019 as part of the company's plan to increase its presence in Europe. It's located in the municipality of Grünheide, south east of Berlin.
The new factory should become operational in 2021, initially focusing on Model Y production. Tesla says it expects the Gigafactory to produce 10,000 vehicles per week and employ up to 12,000 people in this first phase of operation.
The fact that Musk is sharing a picture right now is probably not by chance. Tesla can now start building the foundation for the building – even though the complete environmental permit is still pending.
Elon Musk during an awards show in Germany in November 2019. Photo: DPA
The Brandenburg State Environmental Agency has given the green light for the approval of an early start of foundation and foundation works, the Ministry of the Environment announced in Potsdam. Tesla must comply with regulations, including regarding water protection.
Construction work had to briefly stop in February after an environmental group raised warnings.
The Berlin construction will be Tesla's fourth Gigafactory after New York, Nevada, and Shanghai.