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Gigafactory: Tesla is waiting for further approval for Grünheide

Last updated on March 9, 2021

A further application Teslas for an early start of construction of the paint shop is currently being examined – but the Ministry of the Environment of Brandenburg does not expect any delays.

The construction site of the Tesla-Gigafactory in Grünheide near Berlin
(Picture: Friedhelm Greis/

The construction work of US electric car manufacturer Tesla for its factory in Grünheide near Berlin is currently not progressing as planned. The reason is a lack of approval from the Brandenburg State Environmental Agency for the application for early approval of the assembly of part of the paint shop and the clearing of 93 hectares of forest, as reported by the RBB The Brandenburg state government, however, does not see any danger to the schedule at the moment. The examination of the sixth application for an early start of construction is underway, as is the procedure for final approval under the Federal Immission Control Act, said the spokeswoman for the Environment Ministry, Frauke Zelt, on 6 November 2020. “Nothing is getting bogged down there.” The application was received before the hearing of critics in September 2020. However, the findings from this discussion should still be taken into account. From well-informed circles, it was also stated that the timetable still provides for production to start at the beginning of July 2021.

First vehicles to be produced in 2021

From summer 2021 electric cars are to roll off the assembly line in Grünheide – it is the first plant of this kind in Europe. Radio Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) reported on Friday that Tesla had warned of a delay for the whole project and asked for a single permit for the paint shop. According to the application documents, the paint shop should be installed as of October 1. The company did not comment on this at first.

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Tesla boss Elon Musk held job interviews on Friday to find top engineers, as he had announced earlier. “I’m just looking for problem solvers who do things with a high degree of urgency,” he wrote on November 6, 2020 on Twitter. Musk had surprisingly arrived in Germany on November 5, 2020 surprisingly – for the second time within a few months.

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