Tesla is growing frustrated by the approval process for Gigafactory Berlin, as the automaker has almost finished building the factory, which is supposed to be starting production in a few months.
As we have previously reported, Tesla has not obtained general approval to build Gigafactory Berlin, and instead has run the construction project with partial approval permits to continue the project.
It has now been 16 months since Tesla applied for the final approval and the carmaker is apparently getting frustrated.
Tesla sent a 10-page letter to the German court in support of a lawsuit from an environmental group in support of combating climate change in Germany.
In the letter, Tesla said that the approval process discourages investment in clean energy (via Bloomberg):
Tesla has “learned firsthand that obstacles to Germany̵7;s approval processes are slowing down the necessary industrial transformation,” the company said in a letter to a regional court in Berlin. “This discourages necessary investments in clean energy projects and infrastructure and makes it practically impossible for Germany to achieve its climate goals.”
The carmaker, which has been hit by environmental setbacks over the Gigafactory Berlin deforestation and the project’s water consumption, claims the factory can help combat climate change by producing 500,000 electric cars a year.
The German government has previously said that Tesla would get its full support, but they are fighting back against Tesla’s argument that Gigafactory Berlin should receive some kind of special treatment for the production of clean vehicles:
“The government of the state where the plant is being built pushed back against Tesla’s criticism. Authorities must not legally distinguish between seemingly climate-friendly projects and projects that could be polluting, a spokeswoman for the Brandenburg Chancellery said via email. The state government has set up a task force to support Tesla’s approval process, she said. ”
Tesla’s completion and approval of Gigafactory Berlin is critical as it is linked to the launch of the Model Y in Europe, which is expected to enable Tesla to grow supplies in the coming years and accelerate EV introduction on the continent.
The carmaker reportedly aims to start production in July, but it needs final approval. With the timeline just a few months away, Tesla seems to be getting a little nervous about the process.
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