Brandenburg’s minister president dietmar woidke (SPD) has called for patience in the face of concerns and protests against the planned factory of U.S. Electric carmaker tesla.
"The questions about infrastructure development, about water supply and about many other things are being answered, but that also takes a certain amount of time," woidke told the german press agency in potsdam. "For this i ask for understanding." The head of the government stressed: "the decision of tesla is just eleven weeks old. When you see what has already happened in the meantime, that is good."
Tesla wants to build a factory in grunheide (or-spree district) near berlin, where from july 2021 up to 500.000 model 3 and Y vehicles and future models roll off the assembly line each year. The environmental approval process is currently underway. The forest on the gelande still has to be cleared. There are concerns among burghers, associations and politicians about the expected good transport and water supply. According to plans, tesla will need up to 372.000 liters per hour for the plant. Tesla representatives had said at an information event for burgers that they wanted to reduce fuel consumption.
The minister-president expressed confidence that open problems can be solved, but sees challenges for all sides. "There has been good progress, but there is still a lot of work to be done," said woidke. At the same time, he emphasized: "we are in good talks with tesla."Last wednesday, the task force, a working group with representatives of the state government, tesla and municipalities, met to notarize the purchase agreement for the factory land, among other things.
"We’re all moving at a good pace," said the head of government. He assumes that tesla’s e-car factory can have positive effects on the entire state: "if everything works out, then a story will emerge in grunheide from which the whole of brandenburg will profit."The project will also give a boost to the issue of carbon-neutral production through renewable energy, he said. Woidke sees great interest in industry to produce in a climate-neutral way and to consume eco-energies from on-site directly.
Tesla CEO elon musk had joined the discussion about environmental concerns on twitter about a week ago. He explained there that the factory would be developed with sustainability and the environment in mind. The minister-president gave a positive assessment of the renovations. "It is quite unusual for tesla boss elon musk to comment via twitter on a debate that is going on in the state of brandenburg," said woidke. "This was an important clarification. But that doesn’t change the fact that all those involved have to do their very concrete work."