March 31 (UPI) — Construction at electric car maker Tesla’s Berlin plant appears to be continuing and making considerable progress,media reported, even as the new coronavirus epidemic continues to spread around the world. The latest on-site photos show that the plant’s ground leveling project is nearing completion.
In a photo taken by Tesla fans at the Berlin plant, there are many heavy equipment in the first phase of the project. The entire project area has actually been razed to the ground, except for a few trees and some plots where the animals currently live. At current schedule, ground leveling is expected to be completed by the end of the week.
In addition to the progress made in the construction of the Plant in Berlin, the Environmental Protection Agency of the German state of Brandenburg gave good news. There were recent reports that the agency wants to allow Tesla’s entire project to be approved in advance.
Despite 373 objections to Tesla’s project, environmental groups are still seeking to push ahead with the Berlin plant because it is optimistic that the local high administrative court will finally approve the project. However, the environmental agency’s move does come at risk, as if Tesla’s application is not approved by the court, it will have to dismantle all facilities it has built so far.
The progress made at the Berlin plant bodes well for Tesla. The car market is almost at a standstill as a result of a new coronavirus that has spread around the world. Although several parts of Europe have been blocked and people have been asked to keep their distance safe, construction work on Tesla continues. This may be due to the fact that on-site construction activities do not require too many people to work together, and most people operate heavy machinery rather than have close contact with colleagues.
Under the process of building Tesla’s Shanghai plant, the next phase of construction will include a groundbreaking ceremony, which was previously expected to be attended by executives such as Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive. But given the current outbreak, the Berlin plant’s ground breaking ceremony may be delayed or cancelled altogether. Even if the ground-breaking ceremony were held as scheduled, only a few executives might attend. (Small)