Tesla's factory in Germany has recently again become the victim of false information, negativity, and speculation in the local media. According to unconfirmed rumors from an unnamed source, Giga Berlin will start work only in early 2022, which is not true. The Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Energy Jörg Steinbach expects production to begin this year.
Jörg Steinbach expects production to start at Giga Berlin at the end of the summer, as he said on Wednesday in the economic committee of the Brandenburg State Parliament. Although the manufacturer aimed to start production in mid-2021, the addition of a battery factory required adjustments. According to the State Environmental Agency, the application for approval of the project should be publicly interpreted again, which may delay the final environmental approval, however a delay of as much as six months is not anticipated.
Steinbach believes the new approval process will take no more than three months. Since the application for the extension was submitted in late April, this means that approval must be in late summer or early autumn. Thus, the information about the delay in production until the beginning of 2022 is false, especially considering the fact that it was obtained from unnamed sources, which itself casts doubt on its reliability.
In addition, Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk are set to begin production at Giga Berlin in 2021. A week before German media reported a significant production delay, during the Q1 2021 Earnings Call, Musk confirmed that production at Giga Berlin will start this year. The Earnings Report also indicated that the company expects production to begin in 2021.
"We are currently building Model Y capacity at Gigafactory Berlin and Gigafactory Texas and remain on track to start production and deliveries from each location in 2021."
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