Factory in green Heath: Tesla's confusion to the batteries

Elon Musk is not a lack of ideas, what he wants to do with the 300 acres of grounds in the Brandenburg green Heath. The fourth Tesla factory in the world to bui

Factory in green Heath: Tesla's confusion to the batteries

Elon Musk is not a lack of ideas, what he wants to do with the 300 acres of grounds in the Brandenburg green Heath. The fourth Tesla factory in the world to build, so much is clear. But what it should belong to, it changes relatively frequently. Times of the founder of the American electric car manufacturer think aloud about an underground Rave-cave, in the opening Rammstein should occur. On one recently from him in the short message service Twitter, shown in the sketch is, in turn, see on the roof is a leafy terrace with a kind of swimming pool. However, while such Gimmicks have on the functioning of the factory little influence, is the Back-and-Forth with a different Detail important: when it comes to the issue of battery manufacturing in green Heath.

Julia Löhr

business correspondent in Berlin.

F. A. Z.

In the planning application that the company had submitted at the beginning of January the Brandenburg state environmental Agency, was still an integral part of the factory – not surprising for a manufacturer of electric cars. The greater the Surprise was submitted, as Tesla at the beginning of July a new application. The car manufacturer explicitly calls for the "elimination system A007 battery manufacturing (Battery Pack)" as one of the most important Changes. Now, only a short time later, the company makes again a u-turn: "It is numbers give you a local cell production, which will meet the needs of the Berlin factory," said Musk in the Online-conference of the company in the most recent quarter. What we have just submitted the request would theoretically be obsolete.

On request, the company confirmed that it is in fact now a battery manufacturing on the site. How this could be embedded in the planning, will currently checked. An important role is likely to play the of Federal Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU), stated battery cells of a billion. The first consortium to receive state funding for the construction of a battery cell production in Germany, is already known for a long time. The French manufacturer PSA, among others, with its German subsidiary Opel. The second consortium is to be announced soon.

has tried That Tesla money, it is an open secret. The outcome of the discussions Altmaier has said recently in an interview with F. A. Z.: "Tesla will get money, if it meets our terms and conditions. This means that Germany may not only be used as an extended workbench, it must be held here also, research and development.“ This is currently being tested. "If Yes, what I hope, is Tesla part of the consortium, we bring in the fall on the way."

In July 2021 wants to take Tesla to the production in the factory in green Heath. Around 500 000 vehicles will be produced annually, according to further phases, possibly even more. More than 10.00 employees to work in the factory. Up to 3. August is the latest, but after Musks battery announcement probably already outdated planning application in public. 23. September will then take place of the public hearing that had been planned for mid-March, but due to the Corona-precautions has been moved. More than 370 objections were received against the project.

A main point of criticism has always been the large water demand of the Tesla at peak times. In the beginning of July, on the application submitted in addition to the battery, the plastic production was cancelled, was seen as an attempt to reduce the demand for water. That Tesla is now planning a battery manufacturing is expected to alert the opponents of the project. The local water Association has already warned several times, the needs of the company pushed the Region. The government does not see the but so.

Updated Date: 24 July 2020, 14:20

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