BERLIN (Reuters) -Tesla has received conditional approval for its German gigafactory near Berlin, the state of Brandenburg where plant is located said on Friday, ending months of delay for the landmark site that was initially supposed to open last summer.
The factory, which Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) has begun constructing under pre-approval permits, is set to produce over 500,000 battery-electric vehicles a year, while the battery plant will generate over 50 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year – outstripping European competitors on both fronts.
Numerous public consultations focusing primarily on the environmental impact of the site delayed the process, with Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressing irritation on multiple occasions at the complexity of German bureaucracy.
Friday’s 536-page decision includes numerous conditions Tesla must fulfil regarding the use of water and air pollution control, two areas of major concern for local environmental groups that fear the plant will have a negative impact.Tesla Germany plant receives conditional license to start production
Source : Reuters