The plans of the US automaker Tesla for the factory planned in Grünheide have been completely revised. As can be seen from the application for the environmental impact assessment by the responsible state office in Brandenburg, there should be no plastic production and no battery cell production in the planned so-called Giga Factory.

According to the documents, Tesla plans to reschedule various areas, including the foundry, the production building, and the supply and disposal systems. The production building is only 15 meters high instead of 24 meters. The planned water requirements and wastewater generation were reduced, a substation was added, a fire station and a tank and a hazardous materials warehouse.

The group also wants to build a test track. And instead of 155 hectares of forest, 193 hectares are to be felled. Tesla had already agreed to compensate elsewhere for the deforestation of the previously required area.

Because of these changes, the plans must now be publicly reinterpreted and subjected to an environmental impact assessment. The documents are now publicly available until August 20 and can be viewed online. Objections can be raised until September 3.

According to previous information, Tesla wants to build up to 500,000 electric cars a year in Grünheide for export to all of Europe and to invest several billion euros in this. The current schedule envisages that the first electric cars will roll off the assembly line in 2021.

The Californians' politically supported investment project has met with skepticism from many of the region's residents and has already triggered protests. For example, a citizens' initiative demands that the construction of the factory be stopped until all objections from citizens have been dealt with.

Tesla has already cut down a lot of pine forest and is already building the factory. However, at your own risk. If the permit should ultimately be denied or if the conditions were unacceptably high, Tesla would have to tear everything down and reforest the forest.