- Elon Musk shared a futuristic rendering of Tesla’s under-construction Berlin factory.
- The illustration shows a roof rife with solar panels and green space, and possibly even a swimming pool.
- News photos from a German agency this week showed cranes in place and walls beginning to take shape on the company’s first European factory.
Elon Musk on Wednesday shared a rendering of what Tesla’s Berlin factory, currently under construction, is anticipated to look like upon completion.
The glossy illustration is complete with solar panels on the roof, Musk said, as well as what appears to be an event space. Asked about the possibility of a swimming pool too, the billionaire said “sure.
Tesla broke ground on the factory near Berlin, set to be its first in Europe, in June. After a brief skirmish with local activists and regulators about its demolition of existing forest land, the construction appears to have begun full steam ahead.
Photos from a German news agency taken July 15 show foundation work that appears to be nearly finished if not already complete, with cranes in place and supporting structures already climbing skyward
Eventually, the factory will build Tesla’s Model Y, Musk has said.
“We are absolutely continuing our Model Y capacity expansion at full speed at both Giga Berlin and Giga Shanghai, and here in Fremont when they will let us continue,” he told analysts in April, as the coronavirus weighed on automakers around the world, but didn’t slow Tesla’s capital investment plans.
Shares of Tesla have skyrocketed in recent weeks, as lofty expectations for the new factories in Berlin and Texas, as well as the stock’s possible inclusion in the S&P 500 index, drove a trading frenzy.