Municipal committee recommends development plan for Tesla

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Municipal committee recommends development plan for Tesla

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View of the shell of the battery factory of the Tesla Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg (aerial photo with a drone). Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa

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The plans of the US electric car manufacturer Tesla to expand the site of the car factory in Grünheide near Berlin have cleared a first hurdle. According to the participants, the main committee of the municipality of Grünheide recommended that the municipal council initiate a procedure for a new development plan on Thursday. The vote was extremely close with five votes to four. The municipal council will discuss this on June 23rd.

The plans of the US electric car manufacturer Tesla to expand the site of the car factory in Grünheide near Berlin have cleared a first hurdle. According to the participants, the main committee of the municipality of Grünheide recommended that the municipal council initiate a procedure for a new development plan on Thursday. The vote was extremely close with five votes to four. The municipal council will discuss this on June 23rd.

According to the municipality, Tesla wants to build a freight depot, logistics areas, a service center for customers, a company daycare center and training rooms on the site. Mayor Arne Christiani (independent) said that the logistics plans are about relieving the surrounding region. The application relates to a total of around 170 hectares, of which only around 100 hectares have not yet been planned, the rest overlap. Christiani assumes that the process for the so-called B plan will take at least a year.

In the first phase, Tesla wants to employ around 12,000 people and roll off the assembly line around 500,000 vehicles a year. Production is only ramped up gradually. A battery factory is still under construction. The current area is around 300 hectares. Brandenburg approved the car and battery factory in March. Environmentalists criticize that part of the area is in a water protection area, which prohibits the conversion of forest to another type of use. The Berlin-Brandenburg water table had warned of problems with drinking water on Wednesday. The Ministry of the Environment and Tesla had previously rejected concerns.

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