Brandenburg Economics Minister Jörg Steinbach (SPD) considers a delay in the start of operations at the Tesla factory in Grünheide near Berlin to be conceivable. As a possible reason, he named in the RBB broadcast Brandenburg Current on Feb. 16, 2021 the procedure for objections from conservationists and residents.
“That was on the order of at least two months, which it cost in total,” said Steinbach. “At this point I cannot judge whether Tesla will actually catch up with this time or whether this will ultimately lead to a certain delay in the start of production.”
Final approval probably at the end of March
According to previous plans, the electric car manufacturer wants to start producing electric cars in the Brandenburg plant in July. Because the environmental approval for the factory by the country is pending, Tesla is building in steps via early approvals. A date for the final approval is open, until the end of March is considered likely.
Conservationists and residents fear negative consequences for the environment with the car factory. According to the Environment Ministry on Friday, the Brandenburg authorities involved are currently still examining objections to the project, taking into account an eight-day hearing from autumn 2020. Tesla boss Elon Musk also wants to build the world’s largest battery factory on the site.
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