Despite delays caused by lawsuits and the long approval process, Tesla’s German Gigafactory in Grünheide near Berlin is making rapid progress. Production of Model Y is to begin there in summer 2021, initially with 7000-8000 and then 12,000 employees. This is a challenge for the previously relatively structurally weak region around Grünheide. Brandenburg’s Transport Minister Guido Beermann has now explained in an interview how the infrastructure for the Tesla factory and its employees should look like.
“Concrete cancer” on the Autobahn near Grünheide
As Beermann reported to the Tagesspiegel, the eastern German state is working on extensive planning in order to equalize the expected traffic. His ministry is relying on different approaches that are being implemented in close coordination with Tesla.
In addition, there should not only be an additional motorway exit for the Tesla plant, the country roads around the plant premises will also be expanded. At the end of October, the application to start a plan approval procedure for the new motorway exit was submitted to the responsible authorities, said Beermann. The existing Landstrasse 38 is also to be expanded and expanded with a new L383.
In this context, according to Beermann, the A10 motorway passing the plant will also be included in the planning. Preparations are currently being made for its renovation, as so-called “concrete cancer” was found in the area of the concrete ceiling. As a result of this damage, the surface and the substructure wear out extremely quickly and must be replaced. These plans are already being implemented because this is necessary in relation to the nearby Gigafactory, he said to the minister: “That is exactly why we have not tried to postpone this section for two or three years: we are pulling this now by.”
By bike to the Tesla Gigafactory
But roads are by no means the only point in Brandenburg’s traffic concept. The train connections are also important. The frequency of Regional Express 1 has already been shortened and a bus line has been set up from there to Tesla. It now runs every half an hour and should play an important role in the traffic concept in the future. According to Beermann, Tesla is also in talks with Deutsche Bahn to offer its own shuttle from Erkner to Grünheide. S-Bahn trains are currently ending in Erkner, also from Berlin. Appropriately, there are considerations to relocate the previously distant regional train station Fangschleuse to the factory gates.
At the same time, a bicycle road from Erkner to the Gigafactory is being considered, reported Minister Beermann. Then commuters from Berlin could cover the last kilometers to Tesla from Erkner by bike or e-scooter. Not only the Gigafactory itself and the electric cars produced in it could differ from what we are used to, but also the way in which the staff come to work.