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Tesla's problems with Germany resulted in a six-month delay in the start of production of the gigafactory in Berlin (Gigafactory Berlin), according to the country's press. The site is expected to open in July 2021, but the assembler has struggled to obtain building permits and environmental approvals for the project.

Among the obstacles, there is the complicated situation with the water supply company, which claims that the Elon Musk did not pay the bills. There is also the manifestation of environmentalists at the site, who do not want to move some animals close to the site as a protest to the "deforestation of the area by Tesla", in addition to the fact that the automaker recently dismissed the "Mister Gigafactory" - name given to the engineer responsible for the project - the German factory.

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Interior of the Tesla gigafactory in Berlin. Image: Tesla Q4 2020 Report / Disclosure
Interior of the Tesla gigafactory in Berlin. Image: Tesla Q4 2020 Report / Disclosure

However, new information from the German newspaper Automotive Week point out that Tesla's schedule for the gigafactory in Berlin has been changed and operations will only start in January 2022. “The start of series production of Tesla's new Gigafactory in Grünheide, near Berlin, has been postponed for six months until the end of January 2022. Tesla chief Elon Musk officially gave the team another half year, ”reports the local media outlet.

Still according to the Automotive Week, regulatory approval for plant operation is the main reason for the schedule delay. Tesla would have already notified the German authorities that it will modify the design of the site to meet the requested criteria before the official opening.

Gigafactory project in Berlin, Germany. Image: Tesla Q4 2020 Report / Disclosure
Gigafactory project in Berlin, Germany. Image: Tesla Q4 2020 Report / Disclosure

Despite all the problems, CEO Elon Musk said during Tesla's quarterly financial conference last week that he expected production to begin later this year in Berlin

“We are building factories as fast as we can. Both the Texas As for Berlin, they are progressing well and we hope to have an initial limited production of these factories this year and a volume production next year, ”he said.

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Gigafactory Berlin is one of Tesla's most important projects at the moment, as it will bring the Model Y - the automaker's flagship, literally - to Europe and will present a next generation of electric vehicles using the new structural battery technology: a component with 4680 cells (which will also experience delays in its production, as published by Automotive Week).

The plant is expected to become a large part of Tesla's growth history in the coming years and help accelerate the adoption of electric cars across Europe.

Source: ELECTrek e InsideEVs

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