Tesla first sees its European Gigafactory and it is fantastic


Elon Musk has posted the first official render that appears in the first phase of Gigafacting Berlin. The upcoming facility, which features a huge, futuristic feature of the building covered with solar panels and multiple loading bays, is absolutely stunning.

Immediately noticeable from Musk’s recently shared image was the design of Gigafacting Berlin, which is similar to Gigafacting Shanghai. It should be noted that Giga Shanghai’s first official render only represents the site’s Model 3 feature. Keeping this in mind, it appears that Elon Musk’s recently shared image for Giga Berlin only represents the upcoming Model Y factory.

In a subsequent tweet, Elon Musk joked that the factory would have a swimming pool at the top, as well as an “indoor / outdoor rave space on the roof.” The CEO also said that the entire facility will be covered in solar panels, and that the building’s chimneys are carefully hidden.

These accents give the entire Gigafacting Berlin complex a futuristic air, making it very different from other vehicle production facilities such as Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant, which includes many traditional industrial buildings. Overall, Gigfacting Berlin’s design is quite luxurious, and it represents Tesla’s strong, unbreakable stand for stability.

But behind the clean, futuristic theme of Gigafacting Berlin, the facility is also clearly optimized for efficiency. A glance at the sides of the facility reveals that it is full of loading bays for trucks. This gigfacting is similar to Tesla’s strategy in Shanghai, which has been working wonders for the China-based plant so far. The Model 3 ramp, after all, has been surprisingly smooth in Shanghai, and part of this is likely due to the fact that the Gigafact 3 EV is optimized for production.

Tesla’s first official render of Gigafacting Shanghai. (Sincerely: Tesla)

The first phase of Gigafacting Berlin is already under construction. The pace of construction of the facility has been quite fast so far, indicating that Tesla’s goal of starting Model Y production at a Germany-based plant next year may very well be possible. This bodes well for the international ramp of all-electric crossovers, which Elon Musk expects the Model S, Model 3, and Model X to jointly roll out.

It is quite surprising that the render posted by Elon Musk will only correspond to a fraction of the Gigafactory Berlin complex. Plans submitted for the site suggest that more buildings are likely to be built in the area, allowing Tesla to make Model Y, and any successful vehicles, smoothly and efficiently.