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Tesla wants to expand Gigafactory Berlin Brandenburg



In Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg, not everything is going as well as boss Elon Musk had hoped. A good eight months after the plant opened in March 2022, the US carmaker has not yet managed to significantly increase production. Instead of the approximately 10,000 Model Y that were originally planned to roll off the assembly line per week, in autumn 2022, calculated down, an average of just over 2,000 vehicles per week left the factory premises. So Tesla is still a long way from reaching maximum capacity. Nevertheless, the US group is already planning an expansion of the Gigafactory. This emerges from a document (PDF file) from the Oder-Spree district that recently appeared on Twitter.


Extension: More clearing started

As can be seen from the district’s budget statute and product budget for 2023, the US automaker intends to submit an application “to expand the plant” as early as the end of 2022 – “combined with a further increase in capacity from five hundred thousand to over one million cars per year “. The explosive thing about it: In order to have enough space for it, according to the newspaper, Tesla has already started to clear a 70 hectare forest area adjacent to the plant in the north.

Citizens’ initiatives are against the expansion

All of this is a thorn in the side of the citizens’ initiative and the association for nature and landscape in Brandenburg, which have now again spoken out against the further expansion of Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin-Brandenburg. In your opinion, the US company does not control production. “There are always disruptions in operations that pose a risk to people and the environment,” the association said on its website.

New environmental law procedures are necessary

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has recently commented that he is promoting his company’s plans to be able to have its first fully autonomous cars ready by the end of this year. It is a very important piece of information, but we must interpret it correctly so as not to get confused or make serious mistakes.

The first thing we must take into account is that we are talking about fully autonomous cars, that is, with a degree of autonomy greater than that of current Tesla models. To understand us, today all Tesla that include Autopilot have a level 3 degree of autonomous driving, which means that they have all the necessary hardware to drive automatically, and the results they offer are generally good. but they keep the driver’s position and the driver must be alert to regain control of the car when necessary.

Everything we have said in the previous paragraph implies that Teslas do not really offer fully autonomous driving , and that they continue to depend on the figure of the driver to a greater or lesser extent. Well, what Tesla refers to when it talks about fully autonomous cars at the end of the year is the jump to level 4 of autonomous driving, where the car will no longer need our intervention.


However, we must be clear that this level still does not strictly respond to full autonomous driving, since the driving position will be maintained in most cases, due to the limitations that this level will still present, since it may not work if all the requirements and conditions are not met, and this without a driver’s position as an option could cause the car to end up leaving us stranded.

The true degree of autonomous driving is level 5 . This will mark the total disappearance of the driving position , and the car will be able to work in any circumstance and condition, that is, it is equivalent to that level that we have seen in movies and other science fiction works, in which vehicles controlled by artificial intelligence they are capable of functioning as well as they would in the hands of a human.

The modernization of the car is advancing at an incredible rate. Today the most important driving assistance functions, framed in levels 1 and 2 of automated driving (braking and lane change assistant, among others) are already present in the majority of cars that are marketed at today, and perhaps with the jump to level 4 the democratization process of level 3 autonomous driving will begin.