The Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Energy Jörg Steinbach is optimistic about the final approval of Tesla Giga Berlin this year. He hopes the factory will be open in the coming weeks and assumes online discussions won't lead to much trouble.
The building permit for Tesla's first European electric vehicle factory has yet to be approved, but Brandenburg's Economy Minister Steinbach hopes that Tesla's Grünheide factory wi’ll open as early as this year. He remains optimistic that the first electric vehicles from Giga Berlin will roll off the assembly line in 2021.
The minister cannot guarantee a final approval for the construction, but expects objections to the renewed online discussion will not lead to "huge problems." According to him, the mood at the meetings of the working group on the settlement of the dispute over the American company was extremely relaxed. Steinbach did not provide any details regarding the issues raised and the course of their solution.
Two years after announcing Tesla's plans to build Giga Berlin, the factory is still awaiting final building permission. During this time, the manufacturer built a factory, installed equipment in it, and began test production. The first test units were recently spotted leaving the General Assembly and being tested on the factory's test track. All progress has been made with 19 preliminary construction approvals only.
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