Tesla’s gigafactory postponed by sand lizards


On: Dec 2020

The leading automaker firm Tesla’s meteoric increment may have been unstoppable in this year, but the sand lizard has put delays on plans of the electric car company for a €4bn German gigafactory.  The court of Germany has enforced the tech billionaire’s firm to stop work cutting down several trees on the factory site of its new German gigafactory in a small town area of Berlin as conservation concerns for the secured species.  

Previous year, Mr Musk declared that he had selected Gruheude as the plant for the company’s new factory to develop Model Y electric cars for the worldwide market, in a decision observed as a major vote of optimism in the auto sector of Germany as well as in Berlin as an epic centre for digital technology.  The German gigafactory of Tesla was anticipated to open in summer 2021, which will implement around 500,000 vehicles a year.

Tesla is also planning to produce batteries at the region of Gruheide for utilization in its cars. Several residents have welcomed German gigafactory project, indicating that it will offer badly required jobs to the zone. Whereas, the court agreed with environmentalists that some of the zones where the automaker company planned to chop down trees were the home of sand lizards which would not survive due to this clearance measure.

The experts of the auto industry  said that the ruling had damaged the image of the nation as a zone to perform business. The country has generated improper regulations which in many areas hamper major investments, said by the director of the Centre of Automotive Management, Stefan Bratzel. He also said that it would be extremely embarrassing for Germany which is an industrial country, if the investment of Tesla is impacted by this.

However, the  ruling of the court was welcomed by two domestic environmental groups namely, Nabu and the Brandenburg Green League which had the automaker firm to court over the clearance of forest and have durably opposed its methodologies at the plant.