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:
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:
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:
- 2019 March 20 — pillars and skeleton roof structures commenced at the Shanghai Gigafactory
- 2019 May 20 — main buildings mostly structurally complete — 2 months later
- 2019 September 23 — first Tesla Model 3 body-in-white pilot production/assembly commenced — 6 months later
- 2019 December 29 — first vehicle deliveries to customers — 9 months later
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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