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Tesla factory in Germany gains approval to start commercial production


During the open-day, a Tesla Model Y can be seen in a Tesla Gigafactory production hall. In Grünheide, east of Berlin, the first vehicles are to roll off the production line from the end of 2021.

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TeslaLocal German officials have announced that the company has been approved to start commercial production in its factory close to Berlin.

After months of delays, the license to operate both battery and vehicle plants in Brandenburg was granted. Tesla originally planned to begin production in Brandenburg by the summer 2021, however, delays caused by Covid pandemic and supply chain problems, as well as clashes between environmentalists, slowed down their progress.

Brandenburg’s State Environment Office approved the license. The license was approved by the Brandenburg state environment office in a translated statement. It called the plant “a huge success for Brandenburg”.

This factory will be crucial to Tesla’s global expansion plans. It follows the recent opening of the Gigafactory3 plant in Shanghai (China) in late 2019. A Texas plant will be officially opened by Tesla soon.

When November 2019? TeslaElon Musk has announced that he will build the company. car plant in GermanyHe also praised German engineering. He stated, “Everybody knows German engineering is exceptional. This is why our Gigafactory Europe will be located in Germany. Berlin also has the finest art and engineering centers in the world. 

Tesla gave in to the demands of activists and accepted a reduction in water usage at its plant by over a third. Tesla had to suspend construction for that year and stop the clearing of pine forests in order to prove it would not cause harm. hibernating snakes and lizardsIn the vicinity.

Brandenburg still has problems with the water utility contract.

Local environmental activists are likely to present their case in an administrative court hearing on Friday. They will argue that Brandenburg’s environmental ministry failed to conduct sufficient reviews before granting a license for the local water utility to execute a Tesla contract.

Reuters reported that the groups bringing the complaint claim the factory would use enough water to support a 30,000-person town.

Tesla must wait until the water utility negotiates with the local authorities to source the necessary water for its new facility if the environmental groups prevail.

Tesla, which exports vehicles from Shanghai, China, has seen a rise in sales to the region over recent years.

Based on Canalys researchGlobally, 6.25 million electric vehicles were sold in 2021 (including 4.5 Million battery-electric vehicles). Last year in Europe, 19% of new vehicles was sold by electric cars. Only half, 54%, of the total new European electric car sales, was made up of battery electric cars like Tesla’s.