The Environment Ministry in Germany’s Brandenburg state on Monday cited an online discussion of more than 800 objections by critics of the factory in Grünheide, near Berlin, that will continue through Thursday.
Frauke Zelt, spokesperson for the Brandenburg Ministry of the Environment, said Monday in Potsdam that the discussion would be evaluated to see if the statements would result in tests. “It’s about providing a legally secure approval process.”
Musk said at a public festival on Saturday at the factory’s construction site in Grünheide that Tesla wants to start production by December at the latest. The US electric car maker is building the plant with early approval so far, as final environmental approval is pending from the state of Brandenburg. But it is considered probable.
The online discussion, which became essential for the construction project following a revised application from Tesla, concerns more than 800 objections. Environmentalists and residents fear the negative consequences for nature and drinking water, Tesla rejects criticism.
Around 12,000 employees are expected to produce 500,000 electric cars per year at Grünheide. First of all, the Y model must be taken off the production line. The automobile factory, located on the outskirts of Berlin, is one of the most important industrial projects in East Germany. Its own battery factory with new technology is also planned.
Brandenburg sees Tesla as a magnet for investors. “Märkische Allgemeine” (Monday) Economy Minister Jörg Steinbach (SPD) said Tesla is “a steep template for marketing more locations.” The Brandenburg Institute for Economic Development wants to use the dynamism resulting from the agreement. Managing Director Steffen Kammradt has announced an advertising campaign in specialist magazines and social networks in the coming months to appeal to companies in the US, Japan and South Korea and win them over to Brandenburg. “Brandenburg is the land of future mobility, energy transition and modern industry,” said Kammradt.
A new investment was announced Monday: Canadian company Rock Tech Lithium is planning Europe’s first lithium hydroxide system for use in batteries in electric cars in Guben, Brandenburg. The company announced on Monday that it will invest around 470m euros on the German-Polish border. The factory, which is planned to start production in 2024, is expected to employ approximately 160 people. It is planned to produce around 24,000 tons of lithium hydroxide per year, which is required for approximately 500,000 electric vehicles. (apa / red)
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