Tesla is still waiting for the approval of its Giga Berlin expansion plan. Recently, news broke that the Strausberg-Erkner Water Association (WSE) rejected Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin expansion.
Tesla forged ahead with Giga Berlin’s growth by submitting plans for expansion to all necessary local offices in Germany in July 2023. The plans revealed that phase 2 of Giga Berlin would increase the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing plant’s production capacity to 1 million units per year. Tesla is also planning to double the capacity of its battery production facility in Germany from 50 GWh to 100 GWh annually.
Phase 2 of Tesla Giga Berlin makes significant production leaps, leaving locals thinking about the resources needed to produce 1 million electric vehicles per year. The main concern over Giga Berlin’s expansion is actually an old one: water supply.
In its application, Tesla claims it can produce 1 million EVs and 100 GWh of battery cells without additional water. However, the Strausberg-Erkner water association rejected Tesla’s expansion plans for the Giga Berlin.
WSE listed three reasons for its rejection in an official statement dated April 2023. First, WSE could not approve construction or changes to the zoning plan because it involved wooded areas. Second, the utility provider stated it did not have water volumes to supply additional buildings. Lastly, WSE needs more capacity for additional wastewater disposal.
Some Grünheide (Oder-Spree) locals also object to Tesla Giga Berlin’s expansion.
“The number of objections changes every day,” the Brandenburg’s State Office for the Environment (LfU) told rbb24. “In order to avoid figures having to be corrected up or down several times, the official number of objections will only be published after the end of the objection period.”
Tesla’s expansion plans will be on public display until Friday, September 1, 2023, and the locals can submit their comments about Tesla Giga Berlin’s expansion until Monday, September 18, 2023.