Tesla to Have ‘Every Assistance’ From German Government in Gigafactory Berlin Construction

Tesla will have “every assistance” from the German government, according to a comment from the economy minister in a meeting with CEO Elon Musk.

Musk met with three German ministers and other senior politicians on Wednesday to discuss the progress of a collaboration between the car maker and a German biotech company and a planned electric vehicle factory, reads a new Bloomberg report.

One of the officials Musk met with is Peter Altmaier, the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy. Altmaier told Musk that Tesla is going to have “every assistance” it needs for Gigafactory Berlin.

“We are very proud of your car plant in Brandenburg and we wish you good luck with that. You’ll have every assistance you need.”

You can check out the recent construction updates of Gigafactory Berlin below:

The EV giant has previously run into some issues with building Gigafactory Berlin, as some locals had concerns about Tesla deforesting thousands of trees to build the factory and the impact on the local wildlife. There were also some concerns about water usage, and Tesla has run into issues getting its plans approved, which is where government support would come in.

The Gigafactory, currently under construction, will be Tesla’s first European car plant and could employ up to 12,000 people and make up to 500,000 vehicles per year. Production is set to begin next summer, which Bloomberg notes is an aggressive timetable for a car plant.