Tesla buys rail track to make Giga Berlin employee commute easier

Even though Giga Berlin isn’t yet fully operational, Tesla is making sure that once they get the green light to start production their employees will easily be able to get to the factory.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Infrastructure and State Planning confirmed on Thursday the automaker had purchased an existing rail track from the German regional railway group DRE.

According to a report by Märkische Oderzeitung, Tesla plans to use the track to run a special train for employees from the nearby town of Erkner to a new stop just south of Giga Berlin.

The southern stop is temporary until the new Fangschleuse train station is commissioned, which is located just to the northeast of the factory.

Tesla will be responsible for the planning, construction, and operation of the shuttle according to the ministry.

Giga Berlin was on track for a late 2021 production start, but the factory still has not yet received its final approvals to begin manufacturing customers cars.

We learned on the Q4 2021 earnings call that when it does, the Model Ys will be produced with the current generation 2170 cells, unlike Giga Texas which will start with structural battery packs and 4680 cells.

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