Tesla may face fines from the German government after an investigation has begun. Experts will have to find out if the company has installed pipes through which industrial waste water can be sent to the nearby protected drinking water area.
The Brandenburg Ministry of the Environment reports that pipe ditches were found at the Tesla Gigafactory construction site during a routine investigation. Then the construction of the facility was suspended for a period from March 26 to April 12, 2021. Then the work resumed.
However, the ministry has launched an investigation into the company for the illegal installation of a water supply system that could damage the environment. According to experts, the pipes used are not thick enough to ensure that industrial wastewater does not enter local drinking water.
As a reminder, back in February it was announced that Tesla was going to complete the construction of a gigafibrika in Germany in the summer of 2021.
Now these dates can be postponed. The “freeze” of construction for two and a half weeks has already made its own adjustments. And there is still a trial with pipes and drinking water ahead. The Tesla facility under construction in Germany should be the first European plant for an American company.
In the meantime, it became known that Tesla reached a record quarterly profit, and its revenue soared by 74%. The brand demonstrates such impressive results against the backdrop of growing competition in the electric car segment.