The American concern Tesla postpones the deadline in Berlin for six months. The Gigafactory will not start working until January 2022.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has given his German team an additional six months to begin production at the new plant, Automobilwoche reported, citing company sources.
The automaker said production at its German Gigafactory is slated to begin in late 2021, rather than in July as previously planned.
In addition to the lack of a final building permit, Tesla’s factory is having problems producing a battery pack, according to the same report. Sources said battery production will begin by the end of the year. However, great progress has been made in areas such as the press room and paint shop.
A Tesla spokesman declined to comment on the Reuters report, citing their April 26 statement.
This isn’t the only problem Tesla is facing at its factory in Germany. The Brandenburg Ministry of the Environment recently discovered during a routine investigation that some plumbing pipes are not suitable for industrial wastewater. This poses a threat to drinking water in the region.
The Berlin Gigafactory plans to build a Model Y for the European market, as well as new Tesla 4680 “tabless” batteries. Tesla last month criticized Germany’s lengthy approval process for its new plant in a letter to a regional court in Berlin, stating that “it hinders necessary investment in clean energy projects and infrastructure and makes it nearly impossible for Germany to achieve its climate goals.”
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