Cutting trees in protest at Tesla’s German factory stall

Tesla’s China plant will take only 10 months to complete its ground-breaking work from the end of the ground-breaking ceremony on January 6, 2019, to get its first acceptance permit on August 19 and the second acceptance on September 12, and to get production qualification on October 23. But Tesla’s German plant, obviously, won’t be going so well.

Cutting trees in protest at Tesla's German factory stall

On February 16th the High Administrative Court of Berlin and Brandenburg ordered Tesla to stop cutting down about 92 hectares of woodland near the site of its European plant in Glenhead, the state.

That said, let alone the real ground breaking, Tesla is struggling to cut down trees to free up the site of the plant.

Here’s the thing, on February 14th, Germany’s National Environment Office gave Tesla permission to cut down 92 hectares of forest in order to build a plant. Not that Tesla is not environmentally friendly, but that the trees that built the plant are already the same, and Tesla has promised to replant and make up for the fallen trees in the area around Brandenburg, according to three times the number of trees cut down.

And in order to find the right replanting site, Tesla also purposely looked for a local environmental organization, looking for a piece of land and selected the tree. Just to be able to get started. The reason is quite simple, because if you don’t start, you can’t start.

Cutting trees in protest at Tesla's German factory stall

This is Brandenburg, there are trees and water.

Because the Tesla plant is a forest, so there are a lot of bats, bats to hibernate until the end of February or March, and then began mating, March not only bats mating, birds also mate this time, so in January, set a February 27 deadline, if this time the clean-up of the forest work is not done, You’ll have to wait for the little animals to mate and then start. But the trouble is that the little animals are mating, and it’s a big problem to house the little animals, so Tesla has to hurry up and put up hibernating bats and clean up the ground as soon as possible.

The German government reckons it’s a little hard to think about, and just like the Chinese government, it’s starting to support Tesla, giving a lot of green light to the process so that Tesla can start work as soon as possible. But the problem is, unlike China, in Germany, Tesla has targeted environmental groups, and environmental groups have the ability to legally stop projects.

Tesla, a green group called the Brandenburg Green Alliance, went to the local courthouse with another environmental group to say Tesla’s tree-cutting is not working.

The local court didn’t really have the right to decide whether it would work, but once Tesla started cutting down trees, two to three days of trees were cut, and the environmental group’s protest was useless. So simply ordered: first cut the tree work stopped, to environmental protection organizations some respect, let them further ponder, both sides are happy to start again.

Environmental groups, in addition to going to court, have not stopped marching in the area, starting with the Tesla plant, where demonstrators take to the streets every day, saying the plant has a big impact on local wildlife and water sources, holding a banner that reads: “Choose Tesla or drink water.”

Cutting trees in protest at Tesla's German factory stall

You see, this thing in China, absolutely can not develop into this right, the system is different, each has its advantages and disadvantages.

But the problem is that with only 10 days left until Tesla is going to shut down, and can’t start any more, the court says no, the lockdown motion is up for the Green Alliance to evaluate and make a final decision.

Originally under Tesla’s plan, the German plant is scheduled to start in early 2020 and start mass production of the Model Y in July 2021, a timetable that, while much slower than in China, is already fast.

Because in Germany to do a project, you not only to solve the various regulations and appease all kinds of environmental organizations, but also to overcome the inefficiency of Germany’s own construction projects.

For example, three years ago I went to live at a friend’s house in Berlin for a few days, a friend’s door at an intersection in the road, friends said a year ago these workers came here nine to five a day. As a result, I went to that place again last year, or those workers, a small section of the road at the crossroads has not been finished.

Take a bigger example. Berlin Tagore Airport is small in size and very small in throughput, as the German capital, Berlin began breaking ground at Berlin’s Brandenburg International Airport in September 2006, and the Tesla plant in one area, originally planned to start fully in May 2012. As a result, in May 2012, reporters received an invitation to the celebration, the airline tickets were sold, and the result was delayed several times in a row, first in June, then in October, then in January 2013, and then simply cancelled the ceremony, saying that the project could not work, there were more than 20,000 non-compliant places, the airport had to Then the renovation will not be completed until 2017.

So the original construction budget of 2.5 billion euros was doubled, the result is still not enough, said the more ideal thing will cost 8 billion euros, the result in 2017 this airport is not available, and finally decided that this year, that is, October 2020 will not be officially completed. How big is the new airport? The design was designed for 27 million passengers, the Beijing T3, the world’s second largest terminal, and 78 million passengers, which was built for 3 years and 9 months. Daxing Airport is so big that it has only been built for 4 years.

Not only Berlin airport, German construction projectover spending is too much, more than half of the project is over budget, to Tesla this factory, for example, no accident, according to the current did not start long to encounter so many blocking the situation, overspending is also within the expected.

The Tesla plant was shut down because of protests by environmental groups in a small area, which is also common in Germany.

Because of the war, in order to improve their own backward situation, Germany in order to improve their own backward situation, on the particular lym of industrial development, resulting in a lot of industrial pollution is very serious, until the 1970s, Germany has a series of environmental pollution disasters, people’s lives have been affected, so the federal government began to spend a lot of money on environmental management, And this governance continues to the present.

Beginning in the 1970s, the West German government began to introduce environmental protection laws and regulations, and in the early 1990s the German parliament put environmental protection in the Basic Law, writing that “the state should protect the basic conditions of nature in a spirit of responsibility to future generations.” “Today, Germany has the most complete environmental protection laws in the world, the most comprehensive environmental protection agencies, and even the establishment of environmental police.

Environmental groups’ protests can have such an impact, but the reason is that the Germans really attach importance to environmental protection, last year the German Ministry of Environmental Protection conducted a poll, 85% of people regard environmental protection as the second largest problem in the country after employment, and many politicians are also through environmental protection cause to do a good job to cage people, success in the top.

The protest sits with thousands of environmental groups in Germany, with a total of 2 million people in various environmental groups. Tesla’s choice of plant address, which happens to be a forest, has caused so many disputes since the start of construction.

Of course, for the German government, it is equally important for Tesla to build a successful plant, and the important reason is also for environmental protection. Germany is the world’s recognized car power, is also the EU’s big brother, but also under considerable pressure to save energy and reduce emissions, so Germany must set more and more stringent emissionlaws laws to limit the production of fuel vehicles.

But the problem is again, car companies fuel car production is less, car employees employment is another problem, so the German government can only provide financial support for the local production of electric vehicle batteries to ensure manufacturing employment. Subsidies for electric cars, originally scheduled to end in 2020, have also been extended until the end of 2025. Tesla’s ability to build a plant in Germany as an absolute leader in the electric car industry is an absolute welcome at the government level.

But on the one hand, to attract Tesla to come in, save energy and save energy, increase employment, on the other hand is to ensure that the plant is environmentally friendly, Tesla’s German plant process, obviously not as smooth as the Chinese plant.

Fortunately, the resistance is not too great, and it hasn’t had a big impact on Tesla’s stock.