This is one of Tesla’s biggest projects. Announced in November 2019, its future giant factory located in Grünheide near Berlin, is supposed to produce the Model Y and Model 3 from July 2021. This start is also good news on the employment front and no less than 12,000 offers have already been submitted.
However, this initiative encountered a number of problems so that the start of production could be postponed by six months. According to Electrek, Elon Musk’s firm has had significant difficulties obtaining its building permits and other environmental approvals.
Too much water consumption?
Capital explains in this regard that the water consumption of the future plant is in question. Its level could thus reach 3.6 million cubic meters each year, or 30% of the volume available in the region.
Environmental activists were also moved by the deforestation planned as part of this project, which would lead to the displacement of certain animals. According to our colleagues, these setbacks would even have led Tesla to dismiss the engineer in charge of the construction of this gigafactory in Berlin.
According to German media Automobilwoche, Elon Musk himself confirmed this six-month delay pending final approval. Once manufacturing has started, the plant is also not expected to be running at full speed, although it is not possible to determine at this time how much production will be affected. The target of 500,000 electric cars per year, however, could be difficult to achieve from launch.
As a reminder, Elon Musk showed a plan of the gigafactory last July. In this visual, the billionaire was literally selling dreams. You could see this futuristic-style building with an entrance around a pool. Its facades equipped with large columns, its hidden chimneys, and the roof clad with solar panels to equip the plant with renewable energy, augured for the best.