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40K People May Work at Tesla Giga Berlin

German minister Steinbach says Tesla Giga Berlin has the capacity to employ 40,000 workers in three shifts.

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A meeting was held today in Grünheide, Brandenburg, Germany, to discuss how to integrate Tesla's new factory into the existing transportation network.

"The operation of the plant includes the commuting of workers, trucks, and trains. Provided the final extension becomes a reality this will mean up to 40,000 workers in 3 shifts, coming and going by car, by train and by bike, 23 trains/day, and 1600 trucks/day. This requires adequate infrastructure," said Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor, and Energy Jörg Steinbach to Tesmanian.

Tesla's Berlin gigafactory needs to be environmentally and efficiently integrated into the existing infrastructure around Grünheide. Therefore, the main focus was on the necessary changes in the old plan for the development of the Tesla site.

Experts and members of the public presented the interim status of their analyses. The Brandenburg State Development Corporation was tasked with coordinating the change process. This group assesses how useful it is to build a new building at the intersection of the federal highway A10 or, for example, to relocate a regional station, rbb24, Brandenburg's public radio, reports.

The factory will become particularly attractive to Berliners thanks to the regular RE1 connection. However, public transport connections from other parts of Brandenburg and Poland are insufficient.

Train connections to Tesla Giga Berlin are due to begin in the summer of 2021. New rail systems are slated to appear at the site to increase capacity. But these will be private systems that Tesla will create itself. Regardless of Tesla's plans, the RE1 frequency will be increased in line with the VBB 2030 public transport concept.

Beginning in summer 2021, Giga Berlin will produce 100,000 vehicles a year, which will require thousands of new jobs. In the future, the company intends to produce 500,000 vehicles per year. Therefore, it is planned to expand the L38 road in the south. The road should become in many places four-lane instead of two-lane, as before. It is also planned to build a new interchange in the north of the development area.

In recent Tesla developments Brandenburg says it may not have enough skilled workers for Giga Berlin, Tesla plans to ship Model 3 vehicles from Giga Shanghai to Asia and Europe and an analysis of the Model Y pricing produced in Giga Berlin.

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