According to Austin’s official website, Tesla filed on Wednesday an application for a 500,000 square foot expansion of GigaTexas where the company plans to build new battery cathode plant.
|Permit Case||2022-097749 PP|
|Reference File Name||—|
|Description||All above ground piping and underground plumbing, GA 2 and 3 expansion, 500,000 square foot.|
|Project Name||12733 TESLA ROAD|
|Application Date||Jun 29, 2022|
As reported by InsideEvs in late-May, there are environmentalists and activist groups saying the battery factory is unnecessary while trying to stop Tesla’s plans through a letter sent to Mayor Steve Adler. The following is an excerpt from the groups letter:
“To date, Tesla has failed to meaningfully engage nearby residents, and elected leaders have not applied enough pressure to bring the company to the table. Two years ago, Tesla was offered tens of millions of public dollars in tax breaks from neighboring jurisdictions to come here. The signed agreements and pronouncements allude to many possible community benefits but lack specificity or enforcement provisions. Since 2020, we note that the company has cleared swaths of trees, moved mountains of dirt, filled in ponds, and poured over 100 contiguous acres of concrete for its factory, with apparently no priority given to the creation of a promised “ecological paradise” on the riverfront”.
On June 21, Elon Musk’s The Boring Company filed a permit with Austin to build a tunnel under the same GigaFactory being still unknown the exact plans for the project.