The town of Grünheide will be the site of the first Tesla plant in Germany. The Brandenburg State Office for the Environment (LfU) would almost certainly approve the Gigafactory's operation under stringent limitations. Meanwhile, citizens' initiatives, environmental organizations, and the public water association oppose the project.
Concerns regarding groundwater and potential accidents, in particular, have been expressed in over 800 complaints received by the LfU. At the request of "Business Insider," a representative for the Brandenburg Ministry of Environment stated that they will be "processed, analyzed, and then included into the decision to be issued." When all doubts have been addressed, a decision will be taken.
However, Brandenburg's Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke does not contribute to great hope in the critics' camp - on the contrary. In an interview, Dietmar Woidke made it clear that the Gigafactory in the small community with just under 8,000 inhabitants is as good as a done deal. Therefore, he thinks it is conceivable that the approval for the Tesla factory, in which electric vehicles and batteries are to be manufactured, will be granted this year - but only under strict conditions.
The State Office for the Environment has required that the US vehicle producer make considerable adjustments in terms of water protection and potential accidents. Above all, the numerous harmful chemicals produced during the manufacturing of batteries and e-cars give the authorities gray hair. Moreover, according to an independent study released in the spring of this year, Tesla is not adequately prepared for an emergency. As a result, there are no excellent strategies for dealing with flaming puddles or hazardous gas leaks.
People in Grünheide should spit on their hands as soon as permission is granted. At full capacity, Tesla Gigafactory can produce half a million electric cars each year. According to the company, around 12,000 people are required for this, which is fantastic news for the region. Meanwhile, Brandenburg's Minister of Economics, Jörg Steinbach, is aiming for the stars. "Depending on the market ramp-up, the Tesla plant in Grünheide may have up to 40,000 employees," he stated in an interview with the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung." However, when the factory gates formally open for the first time, fewer than 3000 people are likely to be needed initially.
They will after that be in charge of producing two versions, the Tesla Model 3 and the Tesla Model Y. The anticipated annual output of 500,000 cars matches the manufacturing volume of Shanghai's newly built Gigafactory 3. Tesla intends to devote its facility to battery manufacturing, painting, and the fabrication of car seats, in addition to its main business of vehicle production.
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