The manager of the Tesla factory in Grünheide has promoted clearing so that cars can also be transported from the factory by rail in the future. If the people in Grünheide decide to expand the plant, fewer trucks would have to be on the roads, André Thierig told the “Potsdamer Neue Nachrichten” (Wednesday). The factory expansion is necessary in order to better set up the factory logistically.
A citizen survey on the expansion plans is currently taking place and ends on February 16th. It should be a basis for decisions by the local council. The development plan for the expansion of the site has not yet been decided. The municipal council's decision is expected in the second quarter. About a year ago there was a majority in favor of drawing up a new development plan.
“We currently handle all of our freight traffic by road, both the delivery of production parts and the removal of new vehicles. We want to largely shift this to rail,” said Thierig. “We need the freight station for this. We are planning additional logistics areas there to stock more parts, but also social facilities.”
Production in Grünheide is largely stopped at the moment. According to Tesla, the reason is a gap in the supply chain of components as a result of attacks on ships by the Yemeni Houthi militia in the Red Sea. According to Thierig, maintenance work is currently being carried out, among other things. Employees are also trained. Production is scheduled to continue fully from Monday. Most recently, more than 6,000 cars were built per week.