US electric vehicle manufacturer tesla‘s “giga factory” established in Germany received approval for production from local authorities. The factory is located in the Grünheide region of the state of Brandenburg, on an area of approximately 92 hectares of woodland. Tesla’s goal in this area is to produce 500 thousand cars a year in addition to the battery. The factory is planned to provide employment for 12 thousand people.
Why was the approval delayed?
Tesla announced in November 2019 that it would establish its first factory in Europe in Berlin, the capital of Germany. But environmental organizations had reacted to Tesla’s construction of a large factory in the area, which included a wooded area the size of about 130 football fields. In response, the factory redesigned 300 hectares of land to include approximately 92 hectares of forest. However, the company still drew reactions as it started to cut trees on 92 hectares of land.
In 2020, upon a complaint, Tesla was requested to stop working in the field. Because it has been calculated that approximately 1.5 million cubic meters of water will be needed annually, especially for large batteries to be produced for automobiles. It was mentioned that Telsa’s intense water need would create a drought risk for that region.
On the one hand, Tesla already has two Gigafactories, one in the USA and one in China. According to reports in the German press in the past months, the government is close to giving Tesla approval for production. it was stated.
As is known, the electric vehicle market is a very active sector. Unable to show the expected success, Tesla draws attention with the steps it has taken in this area. But vehicle manufacturers who do not want to be left behind in this race come to the fore with their investments in the electric vehicle sector one after another.
South Korean Hyundai, which was among the top 10 automakers in the world last week, will invest $16 billion in electric vehicles (EV) by 2030. had announced. Hyundai Motor said it aims to sell 1.87 million vehicles annually by 2030. It is known that the company plans to achieve a 7 percent market share in the global EV market.