Tesla’s problems in Germany have now reportedly resulted in a six-month delay in starting production at Gigafactory Berlin, according to a local industrial paper.
Gigafactory Berlin is one of Tesla’s most important projects right now, as it will bring the Model Y to Europe, and it will introduce a new generation of the electric vehicle using Tesla’s new structural battery pack technology with its new 4680 battery cell.
It is expected to become a big part of Tesla’s growth history over the next few years and help accelerate the adoption of electric cars in Europe.
Originally, production start was expected in July 2021
The car manufacturer has had problems obtaining important building permits and environmental approvals for the project.
It ran into some problems with the water supply company, environmentalists who did not want to relocate some local animals as part of Tesla’s deforestation of the site, and Tesla even fired “Mister Gigafactory”, the engineer in charge of the Gigafactory Berlin project.
Despite these problems, CEO Elon Musk said last week during Tesla’s quarterly financial calls that he expected production to start this year:
“We build factories as fast as we can. Both Texas and Berlin are making good progress, and we expect to have an initial limited production from these factories this year and volume production from Texas and Berlin next year. ”
But now it appears from a new report from Germany’s Automobilwoche, which is a paper from the car industry, that Tesla’s timeline for Gigafactory Berlin has gone to January 2022:
“The start of series production at Tesla’s new Gigafactory in Grünheide near Berlin has been delayed by six months until the end of January 2022. Tesla CEO Elon Musk officially gave the team another six months,” Automobilwoche reports, referring to business circles.
According to the report, the legislative approval of the project is part of the delayed timeline, as Tesla has reportedly notified the authorities that it will change its application.
The publication also stated that design delays are also in play, including for the battery cell production facility that Tesla is building on site.
During the same previously mentioned call by Tesla last week, Musk also said he expects Tesla to start volume battery production at Gigafactory Berlin next year.
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