The hibernation of the Coronella species would mean delays and high costs for Elon Musk, in addition to the problems already existing in the European country.
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plans Elon Musk build a new facility Tesla in Germany You have suffered several setbacks. Just a few days ago we reported that the largest union in this country would start a fight against the company for the rights of its workers. Well, whoever stood in the tycoon’s way is nothing short of a snake!
As is known, Musk plans to increase that Gigafactory 4 of electric cars on the outskirts of Berlin However, there is an unexpected obstacle: the area is the snake’s habitat Austrian Coronella, currently in hibernation.
Probably the smallest snake in the entire length of the Iberian Peninsula is the newly born European smooth snake (Coronella austriaca) (newborns). Here are some pictures of a specimen that was found this morning. Incidentally, my third encounter with this type of high mountain range. pic.twitter.com/9DYNePt1Jc
– Miguel (@MisCosas__) September 12, 2020
According to German law, environmental organizations must be consulted in order to approve such projects. Environmental groups like that Union for the Conservation of Nature and Biodiversity (NABU) denounces that the Tesla Project is threatening these species of reptiles because 83 hectares of forest would have to be cut down. This paralyzed the work with the associated high costs.
German authorities You have started an audit to assess the situation and this weekend the controversial Frankfurt Administrative Court gave the go-ahead for the project. The judge was of the opinion that the electric car manufacturer “Has taken sufficient measures to protect reptiles by meeting the requirements to capture and relocate them in an alternative habitat.”as reported by the Electrek portal.
Tesla didn’t have it easy in Germany
The Problems with the IG Metal Union and the Opposition from environmental groups They are not the only obstacles for Tesla in Germany.
In early 2020, one of the first setbacks was the unexploded bombs that remained on the ground since the Second World War, which delayed the work. Then a court in February deforestation work temporarily suspended of the area because of the suspected impact they could have on wildlife and because the works could damage the drinking water supply.
In October, Tesla consulted locals and received more than 400 complaints about possible water shortages when the factory went online. In response, Tesla promised to reduce its water needs from 3.3 million cubic meters to 1.4 million. In November, Lack of administrative permits To build their new facilities, they joined the list.
Look up model Y. pic.twitter.com/iAfpJ491Zz
– Tesla (@Tesla) August 6, 2020
Yet, Elon Musk has not announced any changes to the opening plans of its plant in Germany, planned for 2021.
The Gigafactory 4 is the key for Tesla because the Tesla Model Y., the electric SUV with which the company wants to establish itself on the European market and which may carry the legend ‘Made in Germany’.
See also: Tesla will cease production of the Model S and Model X for 18 days