Tesla in Grünheide: The decision on building permit will probably only be made in the fourth quarter

During the construction of the Tesla factory in Grünheide, Brandenburg, two worlds collide: on the one hand a rapidly expanding US corporation, on the other hand the German bureaucracy. The first electric cars are to roll off the production line in the factory by the end of the year, but there is still no permit - which is also due to the fact that Tesla has expanded the project again to include plans for battery production.

Brandenburg's Minister of Economic Affairs, Jörg Steinbach, is now counting on a decision on the permit application for the Tesla car plant in Grünheide Berlin in the fourth quarter of this year. However, this only applies "if there are no currently unforeseeable further reasons leading to a further delay," said the SPD politician of the industry newspaper "Automobilwoche".

»The principle of quality over speed clearly applies in the approval process. The top priority is that the decision of the State Office for the Environment is ultimately legally secure. And the factory can only be opened once a positive approval decision has been made, ”Steinbach explained.

Tesla originally wanted to start in July 2021, but the group is now planning to commission the car factory by the end of the year. At least 100.000 e-cars are to be manufactured there every year. The construction of the plant is already well advanced on the basis of partial permits. Steinbach considers a final veto by the State Environment Agency and the dismantling of the site to be practically impossible: "This is not about the approval of a new nuclear power plant," he said.