US electric car maker Tesla has received final approval from German authorities for its first car factory in Europe. This is reported by the German business newspaper Handelsblatt.
The yard in Gruenheide near Berlin, where the Tesla Gigafactory is being built.
Tesla received the final permit from the Ministry of the Environment of the state of Brandenburg – where the factory was built on the basis of a provisional permit. The first cars could soon roll off the production line.
The green light is a boost for the plans of the owner and richest person in the world, Elon Musk, to compete with companies such as Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes in their own homeland.
Ultimately, half a million cars a year must roll off the production line in the factory. The plans were delayed for months, partly due to the corona pandemic. But it also continued to wait for an evaluation of the factory’s environmental impact, particularly on water consumption.