Tesla applies for battery factory at new German plant
June 4, 2021
Tesla has also changed its application for emission control approval for its construction plans. The new application formally requests the additional battery production facility Tesla had already hinted at.
US carmaker Tesla has expanded its application for construction permits to build more facilities in Grünheide — south of Berlin — notably a battery factory.
In April, Tesla said it wanted to include a battery production facility in its permit application.
The MLUK added it would first fully assess Tesla's latest application.
Altering planning requests for such large-scale projects "is not unusual," the MLUK said, adding that the carmaker had the right to amend its application at any time.
So far, Tesla is only building on the basis of preliminary building permits but construction of Elon Musk's planned "Gigafactory" in Grünheide is already well underway.
The car manufacturer originally planned to start production at its first European plant in the summer.
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Following criticism from environmental groups, Tesla also wants to introduce various measures to reduce water consumption so that despite expansion of the plant, water consumption is still expected to be about 1.4 million cubic meters per year.
Legal and environmental obstacles
In December, the Berlin-Brandenburg Higher Administrative Court ruled that Tesla could not cut down trees in certain sections of a forest.