Approval of a US electric car manufacturing plant for Tesla in Grunheide, near Berlin, is imminent. The Brandenburg State Chancellery said today that the emission control approval process for the electric vehicle and battery plant is nearing completion.
Since the size of the plant means that a very comprehensive decision is expected, many conditions are also expected. Tesla built the plant – its first “megafactory” in Europe – with about 20 early approvals. This is possible if a positive decision can be expected.
The first trees at the site were removed about two years ago. The plan is to produce up to 500,000 cars annually in the initial phase with about 12,000 employees. Environmentalists and residents fear the negative consequences for the environment, and also consider the water supply to be in danger.
Tesla boss Elon Musk had hoped to start production as early as the summer of 2021. But the date kept pushing back. One reason was that the company added the construction and operation of a battery factory to its application for a permit.
However, even with approval, Tesla cannot start production immediately. Before the plant can be commissioned, the company still has to meet the requirements and provide evidence.
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