Tesla’s German Gigafactory faces local hurdles as it nears completion


SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk looks on as he visits the construction site of Tesla’s gigafactory in Gruenheide, near Berlin, Germany, May 17, 2021.

Michele Tantussi | Reuters

Electric carmaker Tesla is clearing the final hurdles to get its massive German “Gigafactory” up and running in the new year.

The Berlin-Brandenburg plant has been in development for over two years and although the investment and jobs boost has been praised by many, including the mayor of the nearby town Gründheide, its construction has been impacted by several local disputes and oppositions.

The latest hurdle, as reported by regional outlet RBB24, involves a dispute over a water pumping facility in the region…


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