Joerg Steinbach, the economy minister of the German state of Brandenburg, reportedly said that Tesla (TSLA) was a US) will revise plans for its plant near Berlin to appease environmentalists and ensure that its first plant in Europe can start producing cars in about a year. The plant has previously been criticised by local residents for deforestation and water use.
Joerg Steinbach says the new plan, presented this week or next week, will address these issues by reducing freshwater demand and wastewater emissions. He added that after eight weeks of public review and response procedures, a public hearing would be held in early September. He reckons Tesla will be able to mass produce by the first half of next year.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
It is reported that the construction of the Berlin super plant in Germany will be worth up to 4 billion euros ($4.5 billion), will employ 12,000 people, assembly and production of 500,000 cars a year. Tesla says it says its Berlin plant will be completed shorter than China’s Shanghai Super plant, which is completed within a year.