The site of the future European Tesla factory, not far from Berlin (Germany). - Patrick Pleul / AP / SIPA

Local wildlife in Berlin (Germany) is an obstacle to Tesla's projects. The American manufacturer, who will open a factory in Grünheide in 2021, has entered a race against the clock because its obligations to preserve local species may take time.

Tesla started clearing the site on Thursday. The task is complicated, since there are many species that must be preserved, including ants, birds and bats in hibernation. According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung , the automaker must dig up numerous colonies of ants using "shovels and small excavators" to relocate them further.

Problematic bats

Tesla also promised to hang 400 nesting boxes in the region, as deforestation of the site will deprive many birds of their nests. The birds will return to nest in the trees in March. For their part, the bats will soon come out of their hibernation and mate, specifies for its part the Tagesspiegel .

The German Union for Conservation of Nature and Biodiversity (NABU) has warned that it would be difficult to move bats. "To disturb them as little as possible, they will have to be moved during hibernation," said Christiane Schroeder, director of the local branch of NABU, at the Berliner Zeitung in January.

A long awaited arrival

Tesla received the green light in January to build its first plant on European soil in the Brandenburg region, bordering Berlin. The region expects a lot from the arrival of Tesla, which has promised thousands of quality jobs, in return receiving benefits in kind: public subsidies, or even a lower house price than the market.

But protecting the environment is not the only obstacle Tesla has to face Grünheide. Last month, authorities defused seven World War II bombs that were discovered at the site of the future factory.


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