Tesla is planning fewer piles in the groundwater

The American electric car manufacturer Tesla plans to start operating its new factory in Grünheide as early as July next year – apparently with less extensive interventions in nature. For this, however, the costs increase.

The piles are already in place: the construction site of the Tesla Giga Factory in Grünheide

Dhe new Gigafactory of the American electric car manufacturer Tesla in Grünheide near Berlin will get by with significantly fewer concrete piles in the groundwater than previously planned. “Originally we believed that we would need up to 15,000 stakes, in the end it was still 1,100,” said a Tesla spokesman on Friday evening on the occasion of the inauguration of the “Tesla Street”, which leads to the Tesla site. Now the concept has been changed in such a way that 500 to 550 piles can be used. “Only the press shop, but no longer the foundry, is built on piles.”

The American company is responding to the concerns of environmentalists who fear negative consequences for nature and groundwater. The waiver of concrete columns up to 14 meters in length, however, burdens the construction budget in the millions – why exactly, Tesla did not announce.

Tesla plans to have up to 500,000 vehicles roll off the assembly line in Grünheide in Brandenburg from July next year. The final environmental approval from the state of Brandenburg is still pending. Tesla is already building at its own risk, with early approval. The Brandenburg State Environment Agency recently gave the green light for the foundation and the shell construction with an early start.

A Tesla spokesman was confident that the Gigafactory Berlin, the official name of the Tesla plant in Brandenburg, could break the previous construction record for the Gigafactory Shanghai around a year ago. The high pace of construction in Grünheide can be explained, among other things, by the intensive use of prefabricated components.

But the railway connection also contributes to this. Up to 1200 tons of building material could be delivered in one train. In Shanghai everything had to be transported by truck. It has not yet been decided whether the production of batteries will also take place in Grünheide. The previous planning documents do not provide for a battery factory.