Electric car maker Tesla’s Berlin super plant has received initial approval from Germany’s State Environmental Agency. The Berlin Super factory is Tesla’s fourth, with three more being super-factory in Shanghai, super-battery plant in Nevada and SuperPlant in Buffalo, New York.
The Berlin plant is located near the GVZ Berlin-Ost Freienbrink Industrial Park and covers an area of 300 hectares. According tomedia reports, the plant will be built in stages, the first phase covers an area of 90 hectares.
Tesla began cutting down forests in February, obtained land grading and excavation permits in March, and is now allowed to build the plant’s foundations.
Under recently obtained permits, construction vehicles on site must be refueled outside the drinking water reserve and noise measurements will be made to ensure that crews comply with local guidelines. The license also states that Tesla will do so at its own risk.
At present, the project has not been fully approved, as some parts of the construction process cannot be carried out until the social distance measure is removed.
Earlier, Musk had tweeted that Tesla would produce batteries, powertrains and vehicles at its Berlin plant, starting with the Model Y.
The plant is expected to be completed and put into operation by July 2021, with the first phase focusing on the production of Model Y, with the goal of producing 10,000 vehicles per week. Once operational, the plant is expected to create about 12,000 jobs.