Tesla progress on German factory slowed by sleeping snakes


25 January 2020, Brandenburg, Grünheide: Tesla electric vehicles stand on a road on the edge of a forest where the construction of a Tesla factory is planned.

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Tesla has been clearing a pine forest to build its first European factory in Brandenburg, Germany. Now, a German environmental authority has ordered the electric car company to suspend that activity until it can prove the action won’t harm hibernating snakes and lizards in the area.

German newspaper Tagesspiegel first reported on the court’s order to suspend the clear cutting.

The delay was a second win for environmental groups in Germany. Earlier, Tesla capitulated to activists’ demands and agreed to cut water…


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