Tesla is disappointed with the approval process of Gigafactory Berlin, as the carmaker has almost completed construction of the factory, which should start production in a few months.
As previously reported, Tesla did not receive full approval for the construction of Gigafactory Berlin and instead carried out the construction project with partial approvals to continue progress on the project.
It has been 16 months since Tesla applied for final approval and the carmaker is clearly disappointed.
Tesla sent a 10-page letter to a German court in support of a lawsuit by an environmental group to support the fight against climate change in Germany.
In the letter, Tesla said that the approval process discourages investment in clean energy (via Bloomberg):
Tesla “learned firsthand that obstacles to Germany̵7;s approval process are slowing down the necessary industrial transformation,” the letter to the Berlin regional court said. “This discourages the necessary investment in clean energy and infrastructure projects and makes it virtually impossible for Germany to achieve its climate goals.”
The carmaker, which is facing a backlash from environmental groups over the deforestation of the Gigafactory Berlin site and the use of water under the project, says the plant could help combat climate change by producing 500,000 electric cars a year.
Earlier, the German government said that Tesla would receive its full support, but they were fighting Tesla’s argument that Gigafactory Berlin should receive some special regime for the production of clean vehicles:
“The government of the country where the plant is being built has rejected Tesla’s criticism. Authorities have no legal right to distinguish between seemingly climate-friendly projects and projects that could pollute, a spokesman for the Brandenburg office said in an email. The state government has set up a working group to support Tesla’s approval process, she said. “
The completion and approval of Tesla by Gigafactory Berlin is crucial, as it is linked to the launch of the Model Y in Europe, which is expected to allow Tesla to increase supplies in the coming years and accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles on the continent.
The carmaker is reportedly aiming to start production in July, but needs its final approval. With a chronology that remains only a few months away, Tesla seems a little nervous about the process.
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