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After a media scolding by Musk via Twitter against the ZDF magazine “Frontal 21” on Wednesday, the editors asked the top manager on Thursday to face an interview.The main question is how much water the new plant uses to build electric cars and the batteries that go with them. In the article in the magazine criticized by Musk, the head of the Strausberg-Erkner water association, Andr Bhler, said that the drinking water supply was “sacrificed on the table of gifts to economic policy”.

The company denies that the Tesla production will lead to restrictions in drinking water and relies on expert opinions. Musk himself also denied any water problems. “Basically, we are not in a very dry region. Trees would not grow if there was no water,” said Musk. “I mean, we’re not in the desert here.”

Tesla estimates a maximum water consumption of 1.4 million cubic meters per year for the plant – at full capacity of 500,000 vehicles. The value was reduced by 30 percent through water-saving measures. That is the estimated maximum requirement under the most unfavorable conditions; in regular operation, the consumption should be significantly lower.

Before the interview request to Musk via Twitter, Musk had tweeted on Wednesday evening: “” Wow, shame on ZDF Info! “(German: Schmt dich, ZDF Info!)”. He was referring to a post in the “Tesmanian” blog, in which allegedly incorrect reporting by the ZDF was criticized.

Corona cases on Tesla construction site – test center set up

The corona pandemic has also reached the construction site for the planned factory of the US electric car manufacturer Tesla in Grnheide (Oder-Spree). The Oder-Spree district announced on Thursday that a “double-digit” number of employees was infected with the corona virus. The responsible health department is therefore in close contact with Tesla. At first the “Tagesspiegel” reported.

A spokesman for the district said that one of the largest construction sites in Germany would not be left out in a pandemic that was just accelerating again. According to an industry insider, Tesla has set up its own test center on the construction site and carries out regular employee tests there. There are also extensive safety and hygiene measures. According to dpa information, the number of employees is in the “low four-digit” range.

According to previous plans, Tesla wants to start producing vehicles in the car factory near Berlin in July. In the first phase, up to 500,000 cars per year are planned. According to the Ministry of the Environment, the final environmental approval is ongoing. That is why the company is building on early approvals.

Tesla-Chef Elon Musk also wants to build the world’s largest battery factory on the site. In industry circles there is talk of investments in the mid single-digit billion range – and that without battery production.

On the NASDAQ, Tesla shares are currently losing 0.48 percent to $ 633.47.

/ chd / so / DP / mis

BERLIN (dpa-AFX)

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