Tesla clears more land in Grünheide to begin construction of new buildings in Giga Berlin


Tesla has started clearing more land at its Gigafactory in Berlin-Brandenburg to make room to begin construction of new buildings in the near future.

According to German media outlet MOZ, tree felling work in the dense pine plantation in Grünheide began today.

Local observer Tobias Lindh says Tesla no longer needs permits to clear additional land in Giga Berlin.

However, according to rbb24, Tesla currently plans to clear 70 hectares (~173 acres) of land for projects the automaker has in the works for upcoming developments (watch the latest aerial images below).

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This land preparation is intended for the 2nd construction phase of Giga Berlin. Several Phase 1 buildings are still under construction even after Tesla Model Y production has already gained significant momentum at the factory.

This new ground clearance will take place on the north side of Giga Berlin. MOZ reports that the tree-cutting and land-clearing work should be completed within a week.

In the meantime, Tesla is preparing its documents to apply for permits and authorizations to start new building construction in the Giga Berlin Phase 2 area.

Historically, the felling of trees in Grunheide has been a matter of concern for environmentalists. But Tesla most likely fixed the problem by reforesting the areas around the factory once the building construction and plumbing are in place. So far, Tesla has reportedly reforested 300 hectares (~741 acres) of land around and near Giga Berlin.


“I am happy that Tesla is continuing. This is a good sign: Tesla is focusing on Brandenburg. Our country is becoming a place of modern mobility. As Brandenburg’s largest industrial employer and trainer, Tesla has played a decisive role in this, ”said Jörg Steinbach, Minister of Economy, Labor and Energy of the Land of Brandenburg, today on Twitter.

During the third quarter 2022 earnings call last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Giga Berlin had hit a production rate of 2,000 Model Y electric SUVs per week and was steadily increasing even more. This was a rapid increase from the rate of 1,000 Model Ys produced per week announced by Tesla in June.

7,000 people are currently employed at Giga Berlin, and upon completion of Phase 1 construction, it is expected that 12,000 engineers and workers will be employed there. The expansion to phase 2 will bring more employment opportunities to residents of Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany and Europe.

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Video: Aerial coverage of Giga Berlin from October 27, 2022.

Marjorie N. McClure