Tesla Seeks Approval For Giga Berlin Expansion

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Despite a recent shift in attention to ramping up in the United States, Tesla is still planning massive transformations to its factory in Berlin, including enhancements to its battery cell production.

The local environment ministry and water authority released request papers on Wednesday that showed a long list of changes Tesla wants to make at the EV and battery factory, one day after Tesla attempted to ease local worries with a question-and-answer session on the expansion.

According to the filings, Tesla intends to broaden its current lithium-ion cell production facilities around the world to include testing of cells, new mixing areas, and “all other procedures and components for the production of anodes and cathodes.” These cells will be used in electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

Since the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) subsidies are only offered in the United States, Tesla has decided to concentrate cell production there. In February of this year, the company said that it was making battery cells at its plant in Germany and was ready to start making electrodes, but hadn’t yet.

When asked if cell production in Germany had gotten better since then, Tesla did not answer right away.

At last, Tesla plans to double its production capacity to 100 gigawatt hours of batteries and 1 million cars per year, which will be more than Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg center can make.

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In accordance to the documents, the first of three stages of the changes described in the application should be made in the first half of 2024.

The document lists a number of these, including things like a storage facility and renovations to things like water recycling and the press shop and paint shop.

Tesla’s intended opening date for the plant has been significantly delayed due to a large number of objections filed by local residents, primarily regarding environmental impact and water usage.

Locals have until the middle of September to file concerns to the most current plans.

Tesla has promised to reuse all of the 1.4 million cubic meters of water it is allowed to use, instead of adding any new capacity for the growth.