The news comes after several months of work in clearing an additional 80 hectares of forest surrounding the Gründheide, Germany factory, but the new permit will allow Tesla to use the approved land for storage, as well as setting up office containers for engineers.
While the move will significantly expand Tesla’s footprint at the facility, the company has vowed to re-plant the volume of trees three-fold in areas surrounding Brandenburg.
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Gründheide Mayor Arne Christiani already called the original trees that Tesla tore down of “inferior quality,” emphasizing the need for pre-approval and future re-planting plans.
This is the tenth time Tesla has gained a preliminary green light to continue in its plans with the space clearing project. While no company has ever received this many pre-approvals in the past, it seems that Tesla’s massive economic injection into the region could be the reason the government has been so lenient with the company.
In February, Tesla Gigafactory Berlin’s pre-production of the Model Y was rumored to begin in May. In recent weeks, we’ve also witnessed Model Y body frames spotted on the Gründheide facility’s campus, further adding weight to the rumor.