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Tesla Gigafactory Berlin Progress — Roof Goes Up On Drive Unit Building

Construction is progressing at a rapid clip at Tesla Gigafactory Berlin, with a roof and walls now going up on a second structure — the drive unit building.

Construction is progressing at a rapid clip at Tesla Gigafactory Berlin, with a roof and walls now going up on a second structure — the drive unit building.

Last time we checked in on Tesla Gigafactory Berlin a couple of weeks back, the first roof had just started going up, on the tallest structure on site, the casting building. Here’s a reminder of what that roof looked like:

Tesla Gigafactory Berlin first roof timing. Construction image courtesy of Tobias Lindh.

Now, in Tobias Lindh’s latest video update (above), we see the roof going up on the drive unit building, in the eastern portion of the construction site.

Here is the building’s relative location, via Tobias’ computer generated image superimposed over the existing construction site. To be clear — this is a CGI render of what the completed buildings will look like much later when construction is near completion:

Tesla Gigafactory Berlin. Image courtesy of Tobias Lindh.

You may remember that last time we checked up on the construction progress as of 25th July, we sketched out at a comparative timeline between Berlin’s progress and the progress of the phase 1 build at Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai. Here’s a reminder of that Shanghai timeline:

Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai, early Model 3 deliveries. Image courtesy of Tesla.

To match pace, from the 25th July date of first roof appearing, Gigafactory Berlin will have to have the main buildings mostly structurally compete by around the end of September 2020. Is this possible? Certainly with the apparent progress made over the past couple of weeks, it appears that it could be possible.

If you have experience with these kinds of huge construction projects and know what kinds of things can go right, and can go wrong, please weigh in to the comments section to share your thoughts.

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