Tesla announced in Nov. the location of its fourth Gigafactory: a village of less than 9,000 souls called Grunheide, some 23 miles east of Berlin.
The automaker would need to clear 740 acres of forest for the factory, which will produce up to 500,000 cars per year. The land alone will cost $45.36 million, according to Reuters. The factory will employ as many as 12,000 people, Business Insider reported.
Bloomberg reported that plans for the factory have already lured more investment into the village of Grunheide; some developers have plied local leadership with plans for 22-story apartment high-rises and massive malls.
On Jan. 18, a group of some 250 protesters gathered in Grunheide to make clear their distaste for Elon Musk’s plans.
According to Business Insider, the protests were sparked by a report from a water association representing Brandenberg, a German state with 2.5 million residents. That report indicated Tesla would require more than 300 cubic meters of water per hour, which would deplete local reserves.
Germans are more worried than Americans are about the environment. A 2018 Pew survey revealed that 71% of Germans say climate change is a “major threat” to their country, compared to 59% of Americans and 68% of the average earthling.