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Tesla lashes out at German red tape ahead of planned site opening

Stock MarketsApr 08, 2021 07:45AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: View of the Tesla Gigafactory construction site near Berlin, Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) sharply criticised lengthy regulatory processes in Germany ahead of the planned opening of its first European gigafactory this summer.

Tesla plans to have the factory up and running by July 1, 2021 to start building its electric crossover, the Model Y but the process has been slow and complicated by environmental disputes.

In December, Tesla was told by a court to suspend clearing of a forest at the site of the proposed factory after environmentalists said cutting down more trees could endanger hibernating snakes.

"The German approval framework for industrial and infrastructure projects as well as spatial planning directly contradicts the urgency to plan and realise such projects that is necessary to battle climate change," Tesla said in a letter to a local court seen by Reuters.

Tesla, in the letter dated April 7, said it was "particularly irritating" that there was still no timetable for the final approval of the plant, located in Gruenheide outside Berlin, 16 months after the carmaker applied for it.

The letter, first reported by newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, urges authorities to speed up processes to ensure investors have more transparency about when their investments in climate-friendly technologies pay off.

Red tape in Germany has also been a problem in the area of wind energy expansion, with some projects taking several years from application to realisation.

Tesla lashes out at German red tape ahead of planned site opening
 

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danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 08, 2021 9:33AM ET
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lol Shanghai factory built within a year. Eurocrats can't come even close
Ron Love
Ron Love Apr 08, 2021 8:47AM ET
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Only Germans could want to delay the building of a factory that makes cars to drive the world away from fossil fuels because of concerns about the environment.
Baris Duzalan
Baris Duzalan Apr 08, 2021 8:47AM ET
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Nevertheless, I'm 100% confident production will start on July 01 2021.🙏🏻
Ron Love
Ron Love Apr 08, 2021 8:47AM ET
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Baris Duzalan Yeah, its not a concern, but its still funny to me.
Enron Mask
Enron Mask Apr 08, 2021 8:47AM ET
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Away from fossil? It is so clear you dont know what you talk about.Dont like Europe, get out, we dont need Tesla trash here.
Ron Humphrey
Ron Humphrey Apr 08, 2021 8:34AM ET
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Build that MF plant ASAP musk
Ron Love
Ron Love Apr 08, 2021 8:34AM ET
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Musk isnt in control of the German regulatory board.
Mase Gumbo
Mase Gumbo Apr 08, 2021 8:10AM ET
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f musk with his steamrolling capitalism..
Baris Duzalan
Baris Duzalan Apr 08, 2021 8:10AM ET
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f yourself
Charles Barnes
Charles Barnes Apr 08, 2021 7:51AM ET
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Sleeping snakes oh my
 
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