Tesla manager overseeing Berlin gigafactory construction departs: source


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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Tesla chief TSLA.O, which is overseeing the construction of the electric car maker’s “gigafactory” in Berlin, has stepped down from his post, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

Tesla declined to say whether Evan Horetsky, responsible for engineering, purchasing and construction at the German plant, was still with the American company. Horetsky could not be reached for comment.

According to Horetsky’s Linkedin profile, he has led teams responsible for project design, construction and technical program management at global factories and Tesla energy products.

German broadcaster RBB was the first to report the departure. RBB said there would be no delay in the plant’s planning request process due to Horetsky’s departure.

The Berlin plant will be the fourth Tesla Gigafactory – producing cars and batteries – and the first in Europe.

The automaker last November announced its intention to build the Gigafactory in Gruenheide, outside Berlin, with plans to have the plant operational by July 1, 2021 to begin building its electric crossover, the Model Y.

However, the company has been engaged in a lengthy environmental audit, a process that takes time and will likely result in a much longer build than its Shanghai Gigafactory, which has gone from greenfield. site to building cars in just 11 months.

Horetsky hinted at the pressure in a tweet dated October 11.

“The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, sweat and blood; who fights valiantly; who gets it wrong, who misses over and over again, because there is no effort without error and without gap, ”he said in the Tweet.

“… If he fails, at least (he) fails while daring a lot,” the tweet also said, attributing the quote to Theodore Roosevelt.

In early October, Tesla set aside three days of hearings to survey residents and potential critics of the plant.

The consultation process took just eight days to file 414 complaints and observations, which will be examined by local planning authorities.

Residents feared that the Gigafactory, especially once it started building battery cells, would put a strain on local water resources and wanted assurances from Tesla that consumption would be limited.

Tesla, for its part, has agreed to reduce its water consumption to 1.4 million cubic meters, from 3.3 million cubic meters.

Berlin-based newspaper Tagesspiegel said that on October 16, Tesla was forced to halt construction due to unpaid water bills. After receiving a payment reminder, Tesla gave assurances that the bills would be paid, but a computer error led to the payment failure, Tagesspiegel said. Tesla could not be reached for comment on the issue.

The authorities in Gruenheide and Brandenburg have so far only granted conditional approval for the construction. The official building permit has not yet been granted.

Reporting by Edward Taylor in Frankfurt, Nadine Schimroszik in Berlin and Tina Bellon in New York; Edited by Susan Fenton

Original © Thomson Reuters

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