While Tesla waits for the courts to decide if their site preparation and tree clearing can continue at the future Gigafactory Berlin location, Tesla has updated the official Giga Berlin website with additional information about the new factory.
The website reveals that Tesla has ambitious plans for Germany, targeting a Phase 1 production capacity of 10,000 Model Y vehicles per week by the end of 2021. If those targets are met, it would make Giga Berlin the most productive of all of Tesla’s facilities.
To achieve this goal, Tesla explains that it will hire up to 12,000 people, including local residents and qualified people from wider Europe, with a focus on hiring the best talent. This would nearly triple Tesla’s current workforce in Europe, which sits at around 5,000 people.
Tesla also tries to allay the fears of environmentalists who have thus far been successful in halting Tesla’s tree-clearing efforts. They plan to replant an area approximately 900 hectares in size, three times the site of the factory. It will consist of a mix of trees native to the habitat and have the potential to become an old growth forest.
From the website it is clear Tesla is doing everything they can to work with locals and make the Gigafactory Berlin as environmentally friendly as possible, by building a solar roof, an on-site rail freight yard, and making it as attractive as possible to commute to the factory by rail.
You can read more at the Gigfactory Berlin-Bradenburg website.