On August 30, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he would be flying to Germany to check up on the construction progress of Giga Berlin, along with a few other errands. Word on the takeoff of the billionaire’s private plane has spread and apparently it was headed for Europe.
Last week, speculations about Elon’s visit began when a large tent was set up on the site of the Giga Berlin construction area. Months ago, he affirmed on Twitter that he would be attending the groundbreaking ceremony for the Giga factory in Berlin-Brandenburg. However, because of the travel restrictions imposed when the pandemic hit, the event was put off at a later time.
The rumors became more rampant when an asphalt road was paved on the site, along with the tent, and everything was being set and polished as if there would be a gathering to be expected with executives. But the idea was shot down when a source said that it was not done for those reasons. Then on Sunday on Twitter, someone asked Elon a question about another unrelated topic, and the CEO just casually responded, along with a bombshell that confirmed everyone’s theories.
That & Giga Berlin are why I’m headed to Germany this week. Conversations with Harvard epidemiology confirmed that a high-speed RNA printer has potential be helpful for vaccines & cures in many areas.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 30, 2020
An avid Elon Musk follower apparently monitored the movement and says that his private jet departed Los Angeles on the morning of August 30, the same day that the tweet was sent. About nine hours later, reports said that the plane landed in Doncaster, United Kingdom. It is highly likely that Elon may have sent the tweet already in-flight.
The Tesla boss often praises the rapid work being done in the site, and with that speed, the factory may be releasing Model Y’s for the European market by the summer of 2021. The Minister-President of Brandenburg Dietmar Woidke said that more than 10,000 jobs will be opened to hasten the process even more and achieve Phase 1 completion by early next year. Approval for the construction in Germany was fortunately hassle-free and it enabled the company to begin work early. As of today, part of the structural foundations of the building have already been put up.
For the final phases, it is estimated that Tesla will be employing around 12,000 workers for the factory. The minister also adds that the good rapport and coordination among the local and national authorities and the company is a major factor in the smooth progress of the construction.
“It is the largest industrial investment in East Germany since 1990. And in the rest of Germany, you can hardly find anything comparable during this period. That's why we can be proud of. But it still takes hard work to make it a success,” says Woidke.
The local community in Brandenburg is open and supportive of the change that Tesla is slowly making in the world. The establishment of the factory is also a big step towards the industrialization of that part of Germany and may be of benefit to the locals amid the pandemic.