Building a house is considered boring – not only for those who are engaged in construction, but also for the future homeowner. The craftsmen are late, then the material is lost, the drilling is sunk or the wrong door handles are installed. The construction will be more expensive anyway and longer than planned. Then she finally sits in the finished house – it’s raining across the roof.
Tesla boss Elon Musk, 50, is currently facing something similar: A new Tesla plant in Grünheide near Berlin, Germany has been completed – after some delay. In the future, up to 500,000 Model Y will be rolled off the assembly line at the electricity leader’s first European plant. So far, 2,000 body wraps have already been manufactured as a prep for setting up production lines. Some of these cars have already been spotted as complete cars on European roads. However, defects in the buildings slow down the work.
The new building is causing problems
And according to auto magazine Automobilwoche, the factory roof is still leaking. During the winter, apparently inadequately insulated pipelines froze. Perhaps the worst thing for the roughly 2,000 employees: the distances to toilets are unreasonably long. Since the plant is also outside of Berlin’s public transport system, Tesla also wants to operate a shuttle train on its own platform as a feeder for the Berlin S-Bahn before it opens.
Musk is said to have made work a top priority and wanted to personally take care of problems on site. However, the biggest obstacle remains the lack of a building permit for the station. Tesla built the entire plant only with an initial building permit. Critics still have conservation concerns. In addition, the plant’s high water requirements are repeatedly discussed as risks to the natural surroundings.
Without final approval, Musk will not be allowed to start his factory. Even if the ceiling is tight again.
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