March 24 (UPI) — Electric car maker Tesla is continuing to build its Berlin super factory, despite the ongoing outbreak of the new coronavirus, according tomedia reports. A new drone video shows the first phase of the Berlin Super factory,” and Tesla has begun to lay land for the building’s foundations.
The project is located near the GVZ Berlin-Ost Freienbrink Industrial Park and covers an area of 300 hectares. Despite the impact of the new coronavirus, construction work on the site of the project appears to be ongoing.
On November 12th Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, announced at an awards ceremony in Berlin, Germany, that the company would build a European super factory in Berlin.
Tesla’s superplant in Berlin is the company’s fourth superfactory, with three in Shanghai, super-battery plants in Nevada and super-factory in Buffalo, New York.
Musk has tweeted that the plant will be used to make batteries, powertrains and vehicles, starting with the Model Y.
Tesla began cutting down forests in February, and in early March,media reported that after two weeks of construction, the company had completed the cleanup of the forest where the plant was located, ready for the next phase of construction.
In mid-March,media reported that the Brandenburg State Environment Office had issued land grading and excavation permits to the construction site of Tesla’s Berlin plant. The company has cleaned up the land for the first phase of the Berlin Super factory.
Earlier,media reported that the laying of the foundation ceremony at Tesla’s Berlin plant is expected to take place in late March 2020, when Musk will attend.
Separately, in the middle of this month, Tesla hastily withdrawn all its U.S. employees working at its super factory in Berlin, Germany, over concerns about the new virus and the U.S. president’s upcoming European travel ban.