The approval process for the planned factory of the American electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla in Grünheide (Oder-Spree) near Berlin has already begun. The project was published in the "Amtsblatt für Brandenburg" newspaper on Friday, as announced by the Ministry of the Environment in Potsdam.
The project is going to take place on a 300-hectare plot of land next to the GVZ Berlin-Ost Freienbrink industrial park.
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Elon Musk said that Tesla will build “batteries, powertrains, and vehicles, starting with Model Y” at Gigafactory 4 in Germany.
Documents also show that Tesla plans to invest up to 4 billion euros in the plant. Also, according to the documents, it can create up to 8,000 jobs after a full increase in production.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk also said that he expects that the construction of Gigafactory 4 will be “in full swing” over the next 12-18 months, and that European Gigafactory will begin to function by the end of 2021.
Tesla plans to produce a compact Model Y SUV at Gigafactory 4 from 2021, Model 3, as well as produce 500,000 electric cars a year in Grünheide.
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This will be in line with the timelines agreed upon in the Tesla Task Force, said Minister of the Environment Axel Vogel. “Everything is going according to plan,” he said. Application documents can now be viewed for a month. Objections are possible until March 5.
On Monday, applications and an environmental impact assessment report will be uploaded in the municipality of Grünheide (Mark), the cities of Erkner and Amt Sprenhagen, as well as in the State Office for the Environment at its location in Frankfurt (Oder). The report has also been published on the Internet.
In parallel with public participation, authorities that may be affected by the project are considering the application. Among other things, the focus is on compliance with all environmental standards.