Tesla Giga Berlin secures water supply, deliveries start today

Tesla’s new gigafactory near Berlin has secured its water supply and been given the green light to continue its planned ramp-up, Berliner Zeitung reports. The water association (WSE) said at the very last minute that it would not terminate the supply contract with Tesla as it had threatened to do.

André Bähler, head of SWE, and Anke Herrmann, head of water at the Brandenburg Ministry of the Environment, both agreed in talks at the State Chancellery in Potsdam that a supplier can pump 1.3 million cubic meters more than tolerated in case of water shortage.

Henryk Pilz, chairman of the association meeting, said:

“The WSE today withdraws its decision to terminate the contract.

“The WSE will lift the development freeze. But it must be clear to everyone that there can be no more in the future.

This is pretty good news for Tesla, and I’m sure some of those “green” groups who have been fighting Tesla for a long time over this won’t be so happy to hear the news. These groups, in my opinion, have an unhealthy focus on Tesla and should redirect that attention to the fossil fuel industry, which is causing untold damage to our environment. They shouldn’t be attacking one of the best solutions to the climate crisis. For some fair perspective on the issue of water, the Brandenburg Coal Mine uses 171 times more water Tesla’s Giga Berlin will never need.

The coal mine was supposed to pump 42 million cubic meters of water in 2020, but since 2017 it has actually pumped a total of 240 million cubic meters too much, which has had a negative effect on rivers and lakes in the region. Tesla only needs 1.4 million cubic meters.

The Tesla plant in Germany will allow the company to become a key player in the European automotive market, more than it already is at the moment. It currently competes with traditional European automakers such as Audi and Volkswagen, with its factory in China exporting to Germany and other parts of Europe. Once Giga Berlin produces vehicles, Tesla will become an even fiercer competitor.

Canalys Research Noted that 6.5 million electric vehicles were sold worldwide in 2021. This includes 4.5 million 100% battery-electric vehicles. 2.3 million of the global total accounted for 19% of all new car sales in Europe. More than half of them – 54% to be exact – were 100% battery-electric vehicles.

Tesla and Technoking CEO Elon Musk will begin handing over produced cars to Giga Berlin later today.


 


 


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