The electric car manufacturer Tesla is pursuing very ambitious plans with its giant factory called “Giga Berlin” in Grünheide, Brandenburg. New information shows that up to 40,000 jobs could be created there in the next ten years. The first electric cars will roll off the assembly line there early next year.
The German Gigafactory in Grünheide should be able to utilize its full production capacity from summer 2021. From then on, the car maker will produce approximately 500,000 e-cars per year at the plant, initially primarily the Model Y.
Company boss Elon Musk said during his visit to Berlin that the “core technology” of the Tesla Model Y should be radically redesigned for production in the Giga Berlin.
The rear of the Model Y at the main US plant in Fremont is already being built from a single casting that is produced using a die-casting machine known as a “Giga Press”. Musk said in July that the rear, which previously consisted of up to 70 individual parts, would be replaced by a die-cast rear. As the Australian electric car news website The Driven reports, Tesla has already ordered at least two machines for the plant in Fremont, California.Advertisement
According to The Driven, eight of these machines have been ordered for the German Gigafactory in Grünheide and will run around the clock in three shifts in the future .
Brandenburg’s Economics Minister Jörg Steinbach (SPD) believes in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that the factory could employ up to 40,000 people over the next ten years, depending on the market situation – that would be around four times as many as in Fremont.
Tesla is initially planning with around 12,000 employees in production and administration. According to the state government, requirement profiles are already available for the first 6,000 positions. “We will not be able to meet the need for skilled workers from Brandenburg alone,” Steinbach was certain. Brandenburg could benefit from job cuts in the auto industry in other countries.
On the short message platform Twitter , Elon Musk had already launched an appeal in German: “Please work at Tesla Giga Berlin! It will be great fun !!”, the native South African wrote there.
Steinbach also expects the final approval for the construction of the Gigafactory to be available in mid-December. So far, the automaker has been building with preliminary permits. The first groundbreaking ceremony took place in May in a comparatively unceremonious manner. Since then, Tesla CEO Musk has been impressed by the speed of construction .
Last Wednesday there was a press conference on the construction site in Grünheide, where Gigafactory boss Evan Horetsky was also present. The German Tesla news site Teslamag reports that, according to Horetsky, the Gigafactory is currently around 20 percent complete. The expert should be able to judge that well, after all, he has already accompanied the construction of Tesla’s battery factory in the US state of Nevada and the construction of the Chinese gigafactory.
According to Horetsky, the more complex work only begins with the interior work and the installation of the machines. He didn’t want to estimate when the first one would get away. But it will probably be the paint shop whose construction is one of the most advanced.
Horetsky expects production to start in the German Tesla factory “early next year”, which may not translate as “early 2021”, but at least as “early next year”. But Horetzky lets himself be carried away to make a definitive statement: “Definitely in the first half”.