Elon Musk’s “25 guns” to be assigned with task to fix Tesla Gigafactory Berlin
A 25-person Tesla engineering task force, strangely dubbed “25 guns,” will be assigned with the task to fix Gigafactory Berlin, the American EV maker’s massive manufacturing plant that is currently under construction in Grunheide, Germany.
Grunheide is a municipality in the Oder-Spree district of Germany’s Brandenburg province, nearly 30 km south-east of Berlin city centre. The Gigafactory Berlin, which is also called Gigafactory 4 or Gigafactory Europe, was announced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the Das Goldene Lenkrad award show that took place in November 2019. Construction work started in June this year with site preparation and foundation.
The under-construction facility will be used to produce batteries, battery packs, and powertrains for the company’s EVs. In addition, it will be used to assemble the Tesla Model Y, which is scheduled to enter the production phase sometime in the final quarter of next year. While construction work on the Gigafactory Berlin has reportedly been going well, some industry experts have warned that it might face delays due to lack of certain indispensable permits. It may be noted here that Tesla moved ahead with the construction work without seeking final approval for the giant factory. It used individual permits to push ahead with the project.
Last week, Musk reportedly visited the site in Berlin to boost its hiring effort. He personally interview candidates who were asked to apply for various positions via email address ‘firstname.lastname@example.org.’ the extraordinary email address prompted many people to raise questions about the meaning of term ‘25 guns’. Later, explanation came from Tesla executive Muthu S.
Mr. Muthu, Infrastructure head for Engineering, Procurement & Construction at Gigafactory Berlin, revealed that the term ‘25 guns’ was used as a nickname for a new 25-person engineering task force to be deployed at the facility.
Explaining the term, he said, “At Giga Berlin, we’re planning to kick off a special, 25-person engineering task force that will be deployed wherever the toughest problems are, reporting directly to Elon.”
He further added that the 25-person engineering task force is almost ready, with only 3 positions left to be filled. Apart from exceptional engineering talent, Ms. Musk wants a candidate to be a great problem-solver, have an unconventional approach to problem-solving, and energized enough to make astonishing things happen.
It is not the first time that Mr. Musk has put such a task force together. It has long been his strategy, particularly when it comes to massive manufacturing projects.