Tesla resumes work on factory in Grünheide

Tesla resumes work on factory in Grünheide

Work on the Tesla construction site in Grünheide can continue, Brandenburg has agreed with Tesla on a longer deadline of 15 January to pay a security deposit of 100 million euros for possible dismantling costs, according to the Ministry of the Environment.

Most recently, Tesla's construction work on Gigafactory 4, which it was pushing ahead with at its own risk, came to a standstill, partly because nature conservation groups filed a lawsuit against another clearing measure on the site, and partly because the state of Brandenburg demanded that Tesla deposit a security deposit of 100 million euros to cover any dismantling costs. The background to this is that Tesla's construction progress in Grünheide is known to be based solely on provisional permits made possible by the Federal Immission Control Act. Should Tesla be denied final environmental approval, the Californians would have to dismantle everything at their own expense.

Now, however, the construction work can go ahead for the first time. Brandenburg has postponed the deadline for Tesla to deposit the funds to 15 January. And already on 19 December, the Higher Administrative Court of Berlin-Brandenburg had partially upheld the appeal of NABU Brandenburg and the Green League Brandenburg. Clearing measures in peripheral areas of the areas intended for clearing and in a narrow strip along the motorway are thus prohibited for Tesla. With regard to the remaining parts of the areas intended for clearing, however, the appeal was unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, another piece of Tesla news reaches us: the electric carmaker plans to start operations in India in early 2021, as Nitin Gadkari, the minister responsible for transport among other things, confirmed to The Indian Express. Tesla will initially start selling imported vehicles and is also considering production in India, depending on demand. Orders for the Model 3 in India could start as early as a few weeks from now, but deliveries are not expected to begin until the second half of 2021.spiegel.de, indianexpress.com