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Tesla is committed to producing batteries in-house so that it does not depend on third-party suppliers in the future. However, for the implementation of this plan, some patience is a virtue, as mass production will not start until 2022. During Battery Day, Tesla CEO Elon Musk once again confirmed that battery production will also be located in Giga Berlin. However, the company did not provide any details regarding the production of batteries in Germany.
Tesla said it would have to start a new approval process for battery production. Currently no timeline for this application has been communicated, Reuters reported, citing a company spokesman.
Tesla expects to be able to move forward with plans to manufacture battery cells and packs in Giga Berlin, a company spokesman said. The Brandenburg Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Climate Protection is expected to formally approve the construction plans by year-end, following the submission of the relevant applications.
Environmentalists have raised concerns about the factory, but environmental authorities have received assurances of water use in line with a local planning advisory group.
The Strausberg-Erkner Waters Association (WSE) has already approved an application for the development of the Gigafactory. This means that water and sewage systems for Tesla's new plant could be completed soon, which will be a major milestone for Tesla in Germany.
The WSE press release yesterday said: “With the decision that has now been made, the supply and disposal of the Tesla factory in the first expansion stage with the quantities requested from the approval process and the currently available resources of the WSE is ensured. This is possible because Tesla has reduced the requirement in the current permit application and the authorities have approved additional withdrawal quantities."
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