Tesla Berlin is Being Built Faster Than Tesla Shanghai

Tesla Berlin Gigafactory has modular walls and many pillars built. This is three months faster than the first walls being put up at the Shanghai Gigafactory. If Tesla builds Gigafactory Berlin at the same speed as Shanghai then there will be vehicles delivered April-July 2021. If Tesla builds Gigafactory Berlin three months faster than Tesla Shanghai then there will be vehicles delivered Jan 2021. If Tesla builds Gigafactory Berlin six months faster than Tesla Shanghai then there will be vehicles delivered October 2021.

To match pace with Tesla Giga Shanghai, the Tesla Berlin Grünheide site would have to see the main factory building structurally sound by end of September 2020, body-in-white pilot production by end of January 2021, and initial deliveries by end of April 2021.

Prefabricated construction is being used in Berlin for faster construction.

Tesla has gotten to leveling of the construction site in Texas.

Gigafactory Berlin Construction

Gigafactory Texas Construction

Gigafactory Land Sizes

SOURCES – Elon Musk twitter, K10 Twitter, Torque News
Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com (Brian owns shares of Tesla)

11 thoughts on “Tesla Berlin is Being Built Faster Than Tesla Shanghai”

  1. also surprised – very unionized and worker-rep-in-management-process dominated businesses – to the point where management associations and CEOs have requested protections’/benefits’ roll-backs in last few years just so they can compete with other European companies. That being said, i guess that the mentality of unions in Germany is different than in, say, France or Italy or the UAW – with a ‘right-to-be-average/unstressed/ active-brotherhood/ work-to-rule-as-needed/ complain-even-if-nothing-is-wrong/ he’s-my-union-brother-but-i-bully-him-anyway membership culture. Truly an inspiring worker dynamic, if true (or perhaps just outstanding completion bonuses – per oil rigs and alaskan fishing and aircraft factories)

  2. If you check the Tesla factory location on the map you will see that it is on the coast south of the city, nowhere near the river. The city of Shanghai will be flooded but not destroyed, the flood plain is hundreds of kilometres wide by the time the river reaches the sea. The Chinese will clean up and repair the damage.

  3. German construction companies are very popular in many countries. They pioneered in-factory pre-fabrication techniques with rapid assembly on-site. Excellent build quality too, with very high standards and high levels of consistency and accuracy of delivered material. There are high-spec houses you can buy from German factories pre-decorated with services pre-configured and flat-packed on a truck for one-day assembly on a foundation. One of my relatives bought one. So I’m not surprised construction of this factory is racing ahead.

    Having stronger building regulations means you have to invest in better processes and technologies to deliver high quality at scale, because you can’t just hire cheaper labour and cut more corners to be profitable.

  4. I just want Tesla to make a compact 4d hatchback with a 250-400 mile range for like 20-30k (depending on the range option). I think that would truly give them a mass market appeal. About 10-12 million compact cars are sold worldwide, 5 million in the US and EU. Tesla could easily sell a million at that price point.

  5. Shanghai will soon be gone when the Three Gorges Dam fails. I hope they didn’t invest too much money so far. They’ll never get that back.

  6. All those cranes are impressive – but I’d be more impressed if there were a bunch of Elon’s big robots on site to replace the humans that probably guide the modular parts into place and fasten them down. Probably would avoid a bunch of safety concerns as well if you could get humans off the construction site, controlling them remotely when needed.
    Doing that would be building a machine to build machines to build the machine.

  7. Just curious, do any of these buildings incorporate systems that self-assemble? Such as a 2dimensional template can unfold (with the appropriate amount of energy/materials) into a 3D construction. A primitive example using engineering to mimic when a seed becomes a plant?

  8. I think that’s just the beginning. Germans are very picky when it comes to official requirements for safety and reliability, and checking off all the boxes in the TÜV documents can easily turn into an exhausting job.

  9. Very surprised. Germans like their paperwork, bureaucracy and regulations. All of the ‘I’s’ must’ve been previously dotted on all the aforementioned necessities for them to be progressing rapidly at this point.

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