BEIJING, January 27 (Xinhua) — Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, is trying to allay environmental concerns about the electric car maker’s planned plant in Germany, saying the plant’s water use will be lower than initially estimated. Tesla said in its planning filing that the plant would need 372 cubic meters of water per hour from the public drinking water network, prompting protests from local residents earlier this month.
“We need to clarify something!” Musk tweeted Saturday. The Tesla plant doesn’t use so much water every day. This may be a rare peak in water consumption, not daily water use. “
On another environmental issue, Musk tweeted that only a small fraction of the property Tesla bought on the outskirts of Berlin would be cut down to build the planned plant.
“And it’s not a natural forest, it’s artificial for cardboard,” he says. “
The US carmaker announced plans in November to build its first European car plant in Glenhead, in the eastern state of Brandenburg.
Politicians, trade unions and industry groups welcomed the move, saying it would create jobs in the region, but environmental groups expressed concern, with the Brandenburg Water Association warning of the proposed plant. There are widespread and serious problems with drinking water supply and wastewater treatment”.
Separately, German business newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Sunday that Tesla had applied for subsidies for battery production and research in Germany.
Tesla had no immediate comment.