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Giga Berlin To Build New and Smaller Batteries

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The electric car batteries that Tesla wants to produce in Grünheide are said to outshine all previous car batteries and we will know more about the details at the Tesla Battery Day in September. There is a "completely new technology" behind the power storage, said Minister of Economics Jörg Steinbach (SPD) on Monday. The new batteries are smaller and, thanks to their higher energy density, allow for greater range, the minister said.

Tesla plans to provide details of its battery in the US at the end of September during the Battery day.

On Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the company wanted to build not only its Model 3 and Model Y, but also electric car batteries on its 300-hectare site in Grünheide. Minister Steinbach now revealed further details about Tesla's plans. According to this, battery production should become part of the second stage of expansion of the factory. This means that it is not part of the factory plans that are currently available to the public and that the State Environment Agency is already reviewing for approval. Tesla has to submit new approval documents for the apparently planned expansion of the factory. According to Steinbach, whether a second application for pollution control is necessary depends on the pollutants used in battery production.

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.