Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin, located in Grünheide in Germany’s Brandenburg province, is set to begin producing and delivering electric vehicles (EVs) as soon as the end of this year – and with the construction site well on its way to completion, the company has reportedly received a new round of approvals from the German government.
On Monday, Tesla reportedly received new preliminary approvals for Gigafactory Berlin from the Brandenburg Environmental Ministry, according to a new report from Bloomberg (via Seeking Alpha).
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The approval covers the construction of a number of water basins, including those for rain retention, fire extinguishing, seepage reservoirs, and other modifications needed for the facility’s external hull and battery cell warehouse.
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The news comes after months of regulatory delays from the German government, dating as far back as last year. In addition, Tesla’s German factory faced a number of criticisms from local environmental activists, including a recent protest incident involving a planned cable fire at Gigafactory Berlin.
Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk visited German leaders in charge of Gigafactory Berlin, including Economics, Labor and Energy Minister Jörg Steinbach, who has been navigating Tesla through much of their construction and approval process for the Grünheide factory.
Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin is set to begin producing cars by the end of this year, and the recent set of approvals certainly brings them closer to doing so.
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