Armen Hareyan's picture

Big Infrastructure Is Coming To Tesla Giga Berlin

Advertisement

Tesla is still building its electric car factory Giga Berlin, but as early as December 13, its transport connections will be significantly improved with the rail timetable change in a first step.

After this date, the trains of the Regional Express RE1 will stop twice an hour at the Fangschleuse station in each direction except in the very early morning and late evening. So far, the station, next to which there is nothing but a Greek restaurant, a residential building, a building yard, a carpenter's workshop and two parking spaces, runs every hour. A 20-minute cycle is to be established in 2022, Berliner-Kurier reports.

When the Tesla factory starts operations, the company plans to set up shuttle buses to the Fangschleuse and Erkner stations at the beginning and end of the shift. It is still being checked whether Tesla buses will drive to Königs Wusterhausen and Strausberg.

Arne Christiani, non-party mayor of Grünheide, can report on further traffic planning. On December 15, for example, the municipal council is to decide on a development plan that will enable the construction of a road bridge over the railway line.

"If 40,000 people work at Tesla in the final stage and 10,000 of them come by train as expected, it is impossible to take them all by bus from the current train station to the factory," says Grunheide's mayor Arne Christiani. From the new station, however, Tesla Giga Berlin employees can walk to the plant.

The Brandenburg state associations of the Nabu and the Green League want to prevent Tesla from clearing another 83 hectares of forest on its factory property near Grünheide (Oder-Spree). On Monday, the two environmental associations submitted an urgent application to the responsible administrative court in Frankfurt (Oder), reports RBB 24.

The State Environment Agency had given permission for the clearing work last week. The American car manufacturer Tesla is therefore allowed to clear an additional 82.8 hectares of forest on the planned premises in Grünheide. The environmental associations immediately announced that they would take legal action against it. They point out that the planned electric car plant has not yet been finally approved.

Armen Hareyan is the founder and the Editor in Chief of Torque News. He founded TorqueNews.com in 2010, which since then has been publishing expert news and analysis about the automotive industry. He can be reached at Torque News Twitter, Facebok, Linkedin and Youtube.