The head of Tesla traveled to Berlin for a tour. His construction project has not yet dried up. The 49-year-old initially declined to comment.
Tesla president Elon Musk traveled to the construction site of the Tesla plant in Grünheide near Berlin in Brandenburg on Monday. Musk arrived late Monday morning at the construction site where the US firm’s first factory in Europe is being built. Brandenburg’s Economy Minister Jörg Steinbach (SPD) said Sunday on Twitter that the visit has a “technical nature” and there are no “political meetings” with the state government.
Tesla plans to produce 500,000 Model Y electric cars annually at the “Giga-Factory”. Recently, however, the construction project has been delayed due to various administrative difficulties. As Tesla announced at the end of April, the plant opening originally scheduled for the end of July has already been postponed to “end of 2021”.
Built at your own risk
At the end of April, Minister for Economic Affairs Steinbach announced to the Economic Committee of the Parliament of the State of Brandenburg that the documents relating to the construction of the plant may have to be shown publicly again. The reason is the deadlines required by law. It provides for the general presentation of documents for a certain period and the possibility of providing comments.
The state office responsible for the environment should assess this. The US company Tesla had previously changed planning for rainwater to infiltrate the factory buildings.
The construction project has not yet received final approval from the responsible authorities, which are particularly concerned with water use and potential environmental damage. Tesla carried out previous construction steps on its own responsibility – if the final building permit was not granted, the US company would have to completely dismantle the construction site.