Tesla is now allowed to market vehicles that were manufactured during the plant tests at the factory in Grünheide and thus before the final notice of approval was issued, the Brandenburg State Office for the Environment (LfU), as the responsible approval authority, told RBB in response to a query.
In a preliminary approval from January 2022, Tesla had been allowed to build more than 2,000 Model Ys in Grünheide - under the condition that they would not be sold. In June, Tesla had then informed the authority, according to the RBB report, that it nevertheless wanted to "sell some of these cars to end consumers".
Tesla's argumentation: The final notice of approval for the plant in Grünheide, issued in March, rendered all previously issued partial approvals superfluous. This means that "the ancillary provisions contained therein are therefore no longer effective". The LfU is now following this line of argumentation. It is not known how many of the Model Ys produced in Grünheide in advance are to go on sale.