Logistics areas, parking spaces and a freight station: The US electric car manufacturer Tesla is planning to expand its premises in Grünheide, Brandenburg. Mayor Christiani speaks of more than 100 hectares of additional space - for which a new development plan is now necessary.
The US electric car manufacturer Tesla wants to expand the site of its car factory in Grünheide near Berlin to include a freight depot and additional logistics areas. According to the municipality of Grünheide, the company submitted an application to initiate a development plan procedure. "This is an area that has not yet been assigned a development plan," said Mayor Arne Christiani. He spoke of more than 100 hectares.
It's not about expanding the car factory, Christiani continued. Tesla wants to build a freight station, logistics areas and parking spaces there. The Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) had previously reported. The mayor told the broadcaster that the new area is in the immediate vicinity of the current 300-hectare site. According to him, a new development plan, i.e. a development plan, is required for the new area.
The main committee of the municipality will discuss this on June 2nd. If he makes a recommendation, the municipal council could decide on June 23. According to Christiani, the process for the development plan for the car factory took almost a year.
In an initial expansion phase, Tesla wants to roll off the assembly line around 500,000 vehicles a year and employ around 12,000 people. Production is only ramped up gradually. The battery factory planned by company boss Elon Musk is still under construction.
The state of Brandenburg had approved the car and battery factory in March, after which official production began. According to the Brandenburg state government, it was informed about the expansion plans east of the Tesla site. Environmentalists fear negative consequences for nature from the factory.