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Elon Musk: Tesla boss defends himself against allegations from Grünheide


Tesla plans to build its new Gigafactory in Brandenburg. Residents warn of high water consumption and deforested forests. Now Elon Musk intervenes personally.

Tesla boss Elon Musk intervened in the dispute over the planned Giga factory (GF4) of his electric car manufacturer in Grünheide, Brandenburg. After the group had so far been silent about the protests against the blueprints, the founder of the group now fought back personally and reported via Twitter. He wanted to make a few things clear, Musk said.

He initially contested the allegations that his company was consuming an exorbitant amount of water. In the application for approval of the plant, Tesla had stated that it needed 372 cubic meters of water per hour - which corresponds to the water consumption of a city like Brandenburg an der Havel and had triggered corresponding fears. Musk tweeted that Tesla would "not consume as much water from the grid every day." The information is a rare maximum consumption, not normal operation.

"Negotiated Secretly - Environment Disfigured"

Last November, the California-based automaker Tesla announced it was building a new factory just outside Berlin. The company plans to start production in Grünheide in the middle of next year, initially producing 150,000 electric vehicles a year. This is primarily about the compact SUV model Y. Later, the annual production could increase to 500,000 vehicles of the model Y and model 3. Around 8,000 jobs could be created for this in the medium term.

The people in the region are not only reacting to these plans with anticipation. In addition to the dispute over drinking water protection, wage dumping, a lack of infrastructure and rising land prices, there is above all a protest against the clearing of a forest for the large area on which the factory is to be built. Demonstrations are registered time and again and the posters read: "No large factory in the forest" and "Secretly negotiated - Environmentally devastated".

In fact, a pine forest must be cleared for the factory. Musk now called this forest on Twitter as a not naturally grown forest. It was once planted for paper production. In addition, only a small part will be cleared for the new factory.

The forest area was designated as an industrial area years ago when the location of a new BMW plant had been considered. However, this never happened. The area that the Brandenburg state forestry company had sold to the Californians for 40.01 million euros is currently being examined for weapons from the Second World War.

Source: zeit

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