Tesla’s dealing with the aftermath of a fire on the grounds of its Gigafactory in Berlin early this morning. According to local reporting, Tesla’s factory fire brigade, and more than 50 firefighters were involved in helping to extinguish a large burning pile of cardboard, paper, and wood ( ).
The fire occurred on the northeastern side of the property near a recycling facility. Tesla reportedly has a, but the cause of the fire remains unknown.
Local groups in Germany that have long opposed Tesla’s factory due to environmental concerns are using the fire as fuel to their cause. “Our worst fears have come true. We demand a production stop until the causes and circumstances have been clarified and all safety-related measures in the water protection area have been implemented,” said citizens’ initiative Grünheide representative Steffen Schorcht.
This isn’t Tesla’s first blazing cardboard problem. Earlier this year, cardboard palettes in the parking lot of the automaker’s Fremont, California, factory caught fire, causing. And in 2019, Tesla was fined by the EPA for not properly cleaning highly flammable paints and solvent mixtures and by the Fremont Fire Department.
Burning cardboard isn’t Tesla’s only fiery headache as of late. Last week, the automaker had toat utility company PG&E’s battery storage facility in California.
Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlinand has a target to build 500,000 vehicles a year. In 2020, due to residents concerned about water contamination and the deforestation required to build it. The factory had also in 2021.