Tesla is preparing for a serious expansion of Gigafactory Berlin, reports from Germany indicate on Friday morning.
Tesla is reportedly seeking to expand the production output on the German automotive factory by applying for a expansion of the property’s limits of construction. German media outlet rbb24 said Tesla has already prepared an application that will see an additional 70 hectares, of over 172 acres, of land to be cleared.
Tesla currently owns around 300 hectares of land on the property, which is situated in Brandenburg.
In accordance with the report, Tesla is already preparing to clear the land to make way for an expansion of the factory:
In fact, Tesla has already combated with German authorities and native residents regarding the development of Gigafactory Berlin. The factory was not approved for production until early 2022, although Tesla aimed to ramp production sometime in late 2021.
Environmental groups are already in opposition to the expansion. The Association for Nature and Landscape in Brandenburg said:
Tesla plans to expand the factory to the North to make way for more production capability. Tesla currently lists Gigafactory Berlin’s production output at greater than 250,000 vehicles per yr.
The expansion should make way for a big increase in employees. Tesla is currently employing around 7,000 people at Gigafactory Berlin, with figures expected to be closer to 12,000 when production is ramped to full capability. Now, with the expansion project that was revealed today, Tesla is anticipated to employ much more employees to complement is production efforts in Europe.
Rumors of one other expansion got here about in May 2022 when it was reported that Tesla would construct more land to develop a logistics system nearby.
German Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Energy Jörg Steinbach commented on the matter, stating he was completely happy Tesla was planning to expand and commit to the region:
I’m pleased that @Tesla will proceed. That is a great sign: Tesla is specializing in Brandenburg. Our country is developing right into a place of contemporary mobility. As already the most important industrial employer and trainer in Brandenburg, Tesla has played a decisive role on this.@Elonmusk
— Jörg Steinbach (@joergstb) October 28, 2022