Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer of electric car maker Tesla Inc. (TSLA) has addressed the environmental concerns of the upcoming company’s plant in Germany.
Musk took on Twitter to iron out matters saying the upcoming plant in Germany will be consuming less water than initially estimated. According to the initial documents released by Tesla earlier concerning the project, the plant would need 372 cubic meters of water (about 98,000 gallons) per hour.
The fact that the water would be drawn from the public drinking water network raised eyebrows resulting to demonstrations by local residents.
“Sounds like we need to clear up a few things! Tesla won’t use this much net water on a daily basis. It’s possibly a rare peak usage case, but not an everyday event”, wrote Musk on Twitter.
Additionally, Musk also clarified that the company will only cut a small portion of the forest it acquired in the outskirts of Berlin as a property to construct the plant.
There have been fears of the forest containing unexploded explosives dating back to the Second World War. On Sunday Tesla confirmed bomb officers visited the area and performed controlled detonation of seven wartime bombs.
Immediately the area will be cleared free of old explosives, trucks and harvesters will move in and kick off the first development stage which includes clearing off trees.
“Also, this is not a natural forest it was planted for use as cardboard…….net environmental impact will be extremely positive!” he said.
Tesla hopes to start production of electric vehicles in this plant in next year.