In 2019, it became clear that the American manufacturer of electric cars Tesla is preparing its first plant in Europe. Then for him the company chose Germany, which can be called the heart of the automotive industry of the Old Continent.
The project for the production hub, which is located near Berlin, went through many vicissitudes and work on it was stopped several times. The plant is now almost ready, but is still awaiting final approval from German regulators.
Tesla issued a sharp comment on the subject, stating that the lack of a clear deadline for receiving the coveted “yes” is “particularly annoying” 16 months after the company confirmed the start of work on the project.
The plant is almost ready, and the American leader wants to start production there in July, Bloomberg writes.
In a letter sent to the Berlin regional court, the company said it had “learned first-hand how obstacles to the German permitting process are slowing down the country’s industrial transformation”.
“This discourages companies from investing in clean energy and infrastructure, and makes it virtually impossible for Germany to achieve its climate goals,” the manufacturer said.
In response to accusations from local governments, they say they have no legal right “to distinguish between climate-friendly projects and those that can be polluting.” However, local authorities say a working group has been set up to move the Tesla approval process forward.
The plant of the American company is extremely important for it to keep its share in the European market of electric cars against the background of the expansion in this segment of the traditional leaders Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW.
For Germany, the project is also important, given that it must create many new jobs in times of crisis and while demand in the European market is still under pressure.