13 Feb 2020, 13:37
Sören Amelang

Tesla searches for bats and resettles ants in preparation for German gigafactory

Manager magazin

Tesla has searched for bats in the wooded area where it plans to build its German car factory and also plans to resettle ants living there, reports manager magazine. In addition, the US carmaker intends to set up 400 birdhouses and relocate lizards, according to a list of environmental protection measures it has published. To make up for the planned deforestation, the company plans to plant three times as many trees elsewhere. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk surprised industry observers last November when he announced plans to build the company's new "gigafactory" for e-car and battery production near Berlin. Environmentalists called for a thorough assessment instead of a quick deforestation. Following repeated protests at the planned factory location in Grünheide near the German capital, Musk weighed in via Twitter to allay concerns over excessive water use by the factory. He stated that the plant will "absolutely be designed with sustainability and the environment in mind."

All texts created by the Clean Energy Wire are available under a “Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0)” . They can be copied, shared and made publicly accessible by users so long as they give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made.
« previous news next news »

CLEW Survey

Have your say: Clean Energy Wire CLEW is looking at its work as part of an evaluation and strategy review and we’d be grateful if you would take 10 minutes to complete our questionnaire and help us improve our content.
Thank you, the CLEW team.

To the survey

Journalism for the energy transition

Get our Newsletter
Join our Network
Find an interviewee