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Tesla aims to start mass production of the new 4680 battery cells as early as next year, which could later be supported by a factory in Germany. The company modified the current application for the construction of Giga Berlin to include the construction and operation of a battery cell factory there.
The Brandenburg Department of Agriculture, Environment and Climate Protection has announced that Tesla is planning further improvements to its car factory, so it is changing its current application for approval under Section 4 of the Federal Emission Control Act. The amended application is reported to also include, among other things, the construction and operation of a battery cell manufacturing factory.
At the moment, the responsible licensing authority, the State Environmental Administration, is not yet aware of the exact scope of the planned changes. Thus, re-declaration and interpretation of documents can take place. At the moment, more detailed information on the type and extent of the planned changes is not available, therefore statements about the further course of the procedure and the duration until the final decision can be made only later. The need for a new discussion on possible objections depends on the content of the changes.
During the Q1 2021 Earnings Call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company had already ordered most of its battery manufacturing equipment in Berlin, signaling progress in the company's plans to build a battery factory in Germany. "And then we have already ordered most of the equipment for battery production in Berlin," said Musk. At the moment, Tesla is awaiting receipt of documents from the ministry for financing the battery factory, which should be received shortly.
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