Decision on Tesla approval still open

Released on 11.10. 2021

  • A Tesla – Model Y – under construction in the Gigafactory in Grünheide. Here should be around 500. 000 copies are built. Photo: Patrick Pleul

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Tesla boss Elon Musk stepped up the pace at the citizens’ festival in his first e-car factory in Europe: Cars should be near Berlin by December at the latest roll off the belt. But the final approval is missing so far.

Grünheide (dpa) – The time for the question of the approval of Tesla’s first e-car factory in Europe is still open – even if company boss Elon Musk is putting pressure on it.

The Brandenburg Ministry of the Environment referred to the online discussion of more than 800 objections from critics of the factory in Grünheide near Berlin, the runs until Thursday. Then the discussion will be evaluated to see whether the explanations would result in tests, said the spokeswoman for the Brandenburg Ministry of the Environment, Frauke Zelt, in Potsdam. “It’s about ensuring a legally secure approval process.”

Musk wants to start production in December

Musk had one on Saturday Folk festival at the factory construction site in Grünheide said that Tesla wanted to start production in December at the latest. The electric car manufacturer from the USA has so far been building the factory with early approval because the final environmental approval from the state of Brandenburg is pending. But it is considered likely.

The online discussion that became necessary for the construction project after a revised application from Tesla is about more than 800 Objection. Environmentalists and residents fear negative consequences for nature and drinking water, Tesla rejects the criticism.

In Grünheide around 12. 000 Employees up to to 500.000 Build electric cars per year. First of all, the model Y should roll off the production line. The car factory at the gates of Berlin is considered to be one of the most important industrial projects in East Germany. An own battery factory with new technology is also planned.

Tesla as a magnet for investors

Brandenburg sees Tesla as a magnet for investors. Tesla is “a steep template for further location marketing,” said Economics Minister Jörg Steinbach (SPD) of the “Märkische Allgemeine” (Monday). The Brandenburg Economic Development Corporation wants to use the dynamism resulting from the settlement. Managing Director Steffen Kammradt announced an advertising campaign in specialist magazines and social networks for the coming months in order to address companies in the USA, Japan and South Korea and to win them over to Brandenburg. “Brandenburg is the land of mobility of the future, the energy transition and modern industry,” said Kammradt.

A new investment was announced on Monday: The Canadian company Rock Tech Lithium is planning in Guben Europe’s first plant for lithium hydroxide for use in batteries in electric cars. Around 470 million euros are to be invested on the German-Polish border, the company announced on Monday. The start of production is planned for 2024, the system should be around 160 Employ employees. The annual production is around 24. 000 tons of lithium hydroxide planned, that is the requirement of around 500. 000 Electric vehicles.

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