Tesla's Giga Berlin plant is unlikely to start production before the end of this year as originally planned. The main reason for that is yet another environmental hurdle, namely a water pumping hearing that has been delayed for the third time, according to RBB24 cited by Teslarati.
The administrative court in Frankfurt/Oder is yet to communicate a new date for the hearing that has to do with the Tesla plant's water source. Several environmental groups sued the State Environment Agency because it approved increased delivery rates for the nearby Eggersdorf waterworks in 2020.
Environmentalists claim the necessary tests necessary before granting such a permit are missing. Eggersdorf pumps around four million cubic meters of water from the ground every year, and a large part of it will go to the Tesla site in Grünheide.
If approval is denied, it could jeopardize the future water supply of the electric vehicle plant, which is expected to consume around 1.4 million cubic meters each year.