The chances of success are “promising”. Despite Corona, contacts with companies interested in relocating were maintained, “at times by video, but there were also appointments on site,” said Saule. The business promoter did not give any names, and Saule did not want to provide any information on the size, origin or industry either.
Although Tesla is still building without a final approval, the US electric car manufacturer is optimistic that it will be able to start delivering the first Model Y in summer 2021. “The suppliers share this optimism,” said the WFBB managing director. They also expected the Gigafactory 4 to officially launch in July next year.
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But can Tesla build in Brandenburg as quickly as in Shanghai, where the Gigafactory 3 went online in January after less than two years of construction?
One is confident in the fan base of the US electric car manufacturer. Tobias Lindh, one of the most active Tesla spotters, who closely monitor the Gigafactory construction site in Grünheide east of Berlin and document their progress on Twitter and Youtube, has now posted a corresponding timeline.
Vehicles are scheduled for delivery in July 2021
According to this, Tesla’s construction of its factory is on schedule with the Chinese Gigafactory 3, which went online in Shanghai in January – after a record construction time of less than two years. It is not excluded that production in Brandenburg can be carried out even faster than planned.
Brandenburg’s Minister of Economics Jörg Steinbach (SPD) had indicated that the shell could possibly be finished by autumn. Deliveries of the first vehicles will officially start in July 2021. Tesla plans to build up to 500,000 electric cars a year in Grünheide, initially the Model Y.
Eight months after the founding of Tesla Manufacturing Brandenburg SE last November, the first walls and foundations for the paint shop and for the body shop of the Gigafactory 4 (GF4) are already in place. Lindh documents the state of affairs with a drone flight.
Structural work is progressing quickly
Brandenburg’s State Environment Agency recently granted Tesla permission to begin most of the structural work before the main approval process for the factory was completed – at its own risk. If the GF4 is not approved at the end, Tesla would have to restore the original state.
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The Tesla factory is being built by the Berlin-based company Arikon, which was also responsible for clearing the pine grove. The building shell is progressing quickly because, among other things, precast concrete parts are used, for example by the Bavarian construction company Max Bögl. The group was also involved in the construction of the BER airport and had, among other things, talked to a magnetic levitation train.
The new planning application for the factory, which was published in early July, shows that Tesla has to make piles for the foundation in some places. Environmental activists were concerned that numerous deep piles would have to be rammed into the ground and that the groundwater on site would be endangered. In the meantime, these fears have turned out to be exaggerated.
Environmentalists are open to the new design and building application. The plans gave “hope”, said Friedhelm Schmitz-Jersch, chairman of the Nabu nature conservation association in Brandenburg, the business magazine “Business Insider”.
The number and depth of the stakes would be significantly lower than feared. The Nabu boss also welcomed the downsizing of the Tesla factory. “This is good because it reduces the water requirements of the factory.” Nevertheless, the project will continue to be critically monitored.