When construction began on Tesla’s Giga Shanghai in early 2019, many laughed at Elon Musk’s proposed timeline to have the factory up and running.
Musk proved his critics wrong, and the first phase of the factory was complete in just eleven months.
With construction at their next factory in Berlin already well underway, it is looking like it may beat the record set in China.
According to the latest photos and videos from the site, the “Drive Unit” building is taking shape with walls and a roof already going up.
— Tobias Lindh (@tobilindh) August 12, 2020
Part of the reason for the quick construction being seen at the site is the use of prefabricated construction method. Most of the pieces of the building are manufactured at another location, and brought to the site via train. This is much quicker than traditional construction where forms have to be made, concrete poured, and time wasted while it sets.
Musk himself commented on the process recently, saying he thinks it will help complete Giga Berlin in a shorter time than it took for Giga Shanghai to open.
Check out this time lapse video of the construction from August 12, 2020.