Tesla Gets Back to Cutting Down Trees in Germany
Tesla’s plans for a big factory outside Berlin are back on track.
Late yesterday an appeals court in Berlin tossed out an injunction challenging Tesla’s right to carve out the footprint for the plant in a huge tree farm on the edge of Gruenheide.
There were concerns about the area’s wildlife. But the court ruled that local authorities complied with regulations to permit initial clearing operations ahead of final state approval for the plant itself by the environmental ministry of Brandenburg.
Back on Track
Officials had warned that an injunction lasting more than a few weeks could hold up construction for six months or more. They also argued that the forest in question consists of low-grade pine trees grown specifically to be harvested for cardboard production.
The ruling is obviously good news for Tesla. The company has a very aggressive plan to open the complex next year with initial capacity to make 150,000 electric cars per year.
Later expansions could hike output to 500,000 units and turn the site into a $4.4 billion complex.
Once the playground of exotic car makers, the definition of a niche vehicle has expanded to include image vehicles for mainstream OEMs, and specialist models produced on high-volume platforms.
Ford has made an accomplishment that will never be bested, never even be tied.
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