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Tesla gets long-delayed approval for Giga Berlin but with conditions

It is celebration time at Tesla as it has just won its long-delayed approval for Giga Berlin in Germany. However, there are some conditions.

Tesla has finally got approval for Giga Berlin, which it had been building at a risk. Had the approval been denied by the German authorities, the EV company will lose all its investment so far, and also a sizable amount of money put up as a guarantee.

However, the permit is conditional for the 5 billion euros state of the art production complex located in the state of Brandenburg. Tesla can’t start production yet until it fulfills many conditions, including how it consumes water and air pollution control.

Water is an ongoing concern at the new plant with the latest episode playing out recently when a Frankfurt court ruled in favor of environmental groups challenging the license a local water utility got to supply to Giga Berlin. However, the license could be corrected, meaning the deal is not off the table completely.

Tesla will be ready to prove it meets all the conditions in two weeks, although objections can still be filed by the public, according to the state’s environmental minister, Axel Vogel.

Part of the delays in issuing the permit was due to the protests from local environmental groups that believe Tesla’s plant would negatively affect the local habitat. The approval process involved multiple public consultations, and despite not being held in person due to the pandemic, many objections came in from local residents.

CEO Elon Musk also called out the government for what it called an archaic and bureaucracy-laden approval process. He also called on the government to expedite the approval process for projects that help the environment.

Tesla plans to make the Model Y meant for Europe at Giga Berlin at a lower cost and greater speed. The output will let the company stop importing from China.

Giga Berlin will bolster Tesla’s challenge for dominance in the European EV market. It is currently led by Volkswagen, which has a 25 percent share of EV sales on the continent. The company has hired about 2,600 employees out of an expected 12,000 staff roll. It is also negotiating with suppliers to source as many parts as possible locally. This will help lower operating costs and waiting times.

Premier of Brandenburg, Dietmar Woidke, commented that the new plant is a big step into the future. He expected Giga Berlin to become a major industrial and technological driver for the local and national economies.

At full capacity, Giga Berlin will produce 500,000 purely electric vehicles per annum. However, Tesla will also make batteries at the location, with a planned capacity of up to 50-gigawatt hours per year. Before the battery side of the factory is up, which is expected to take place by the end of 2023, Tesla will import batteries from China.

Meanwhile, Tesla’s German competitors are not letting the US-based company gain the upper hand without a fight. Volkswagen, for instance, will spend 2 billion euros building a new factory at its iconic Wolfsburg headquarters, where it plans to make the Trinity, one of its new-generation EVs. Construction will start next year.

Written by HackerVibes

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