Photos on Google Maps show the inside of the Tesla Gigafactory in Grünheide

The Tesla Gigafactory in Grünheide – from the inside. (Image: Google Maps / Bogdan Czyński)

Photos appeared on Google Maps showing the inside of the Tesla Gigafactory in Grünheide. These and other images suggest that robots and systems are already being tested.

Just a few days ago, the Brandenburg State Environment Agency officially granted Tesla permission to test machines in the Gigafactory in Grünheide, Brandenburg. The tests should not be a trial run, as the authority emphasized. Now pictures from the Tesla factory near Berlin show that the construction is already quite advanced. The tests of robots and systems are also said to have already started.

Pictures from the Tesla factory on Google Maps

According to the pictures on Google Maps that a user named Bogdan Czyński uploaded, robots and installed systems technology can already be found in Tesla’s Gigafactory near Berlin. The pictures are said to have been taken in June 2020. However, the user has removed the metadata, so it is not entirely clear whether it is perhaps older. The authenticity cannot be easily verified anyway.

The Drive Tesla Canada platform meanwhile has more pictures get leakedwhich are supposed to show that the electric car manufacturer has already started testing robots and systems. In one of the photos, for example, a body shell of the Tesla Model Y can be seen in the foreground and another one further back, which is probably going through the manufacturing process.

Gigafactory in Grünheide: Start with Model Y

According to Elon Musk, the Model Y will be the first car from the electric car pioneer to be built in the factory. Observers see the fact that production is already being tested as a good sign that Tesla will be able to roll off the first Model Y in Grünheide at the end of the year. In the Gigafactory in Shanghai, it is said to have taken only a few months before production started after the installation of the equipment required for manufacturing.

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However, Tesla in Brandenburg is still missing the final approval. Musk last spoke of starting production in Grünheide at the end of the year. The originally planned start in early summer had to be postponed. In the future, Tesla plans to manufacture around 500,000 Model 3 and Model Ys annually in its Brandenburg factory.

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