German objections to Tesla plant rejectedOctober 2, 2020
Tesla plans to continue building a gigafactory east of Berlin. This was confirmed by Dietmar Voike, head of government of the federal state of Brandenburg. Environmentalists and local residents objected to the construction of the plant, but, according to the politician, this will not cause problems with obtaining a building permit.
A series of objection hearings are currently underway in Brandenburg. The process has been going on for two weeks. Objections range from water consumption to expected noise. Although the trial is still ongoing, Voike is not worried and says he does not expect problems with Tesla.
“At the moment, I do not know anything about a problem that could interfere with a building permit,” he told a foreign publication. “I assume a valid and legal permit is possible here.”
Tesla is already building on a site east of Berlin. Earlier, Economy Minister Peter Altmeier promised Tesla CEO Elon Musk that he would “provide all the necessary assistance” to get the plant into operation. It is clear that the German government is welcoming Tesla with open arms, and even then there was a strong likelihood that the objections would be ignored. From the summer of 2021, Tesla wants to start production of Model Y and Model 3 in Germany. The ultimate goal is to produce 500,000 cars a year.
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