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Tesla Giga Berlin may receive its final environmental building permit in Q4 2021. The first vehicles should roll off the assembly line by the end of the year, the Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Energy of Brandenburg expects.
Tesla faced some difficulties in Germany. The American manufacturer is accustomed to operating, expanding, and building quickly in order to bring as many electric vehicles to market as possible as quickly as possible. At the same time, the German bureaucracy works at a measured pace, not trying to save time. After nearly two years since the announcement of the building plan, Tesla has yet to receive a building permit. However, the Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Energy Jörg Steinbach said that the final decision on the construction permit for Tesla is likely to be made in Q4 2021. Thus, the first cars could be produced by the end of the year.
Steinbach noted that such timelines only apply "if there is currently no unforeseen cause leading to further delay." “The principle—quality over speed—is clearly applied in the approval process. The main priority is to ensure that the decision of the State Environmental Board is ultimately legally sound. And the plant can be opened only after a positive decision is made,” he explained.
Tesla originally planned to start operations in July 2021. Due to delays, Tesla is forced to wait and it plans to commission the car plant by the end of this year. At the moment, the factory is almost completely built only with prior permissions. In the event of disapproval of the factory’s construction, the manufacturer must dismantle the buildings at its own expense, although this is an extremely unlikely scenario. “This is not about approving the construction of a new nuclear power plant,” Steinbach said, reinforcing this thought.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.