Tesla’s problems in Germany are now reportedly delaying the start of production at the Gigafactory Berlin by six months, according to local industry reports.
The Gigafactory Berlin is one of Tesla’s most important projects at the moment as it will bring the Model Y to Europe and it will introduce a new electric vehicle based on Tesla’s new structural battery pack technology with new 4680 battery cells.
It is expected to become an integral part of Tesla’s growth story in the coming years and help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in Europe.
Originally expected to start production in July 2021, but the project has encountered some problems.
The automaker has been struggling to obtain significant construction permits and environmental approvals for the project.
Some problems were encountered with water supply companies, environmentalists who did not want to move local animals as part of Tesla’s deforestation, and Tesla even fired “Mister Gigafactory”, the engineer responsible for the Gigafactory Berlin project.
Despite those problems, CEO Elon Musk said last week during Tesla’s quarterly financial call that he expects production to begin this year:
“We are building the factory as fast as we can. Both Texas and Berlin are doing well and we expect initial limited production from those plants this year and production from Texas and Berlin next year. ”
But now a new report comes from Automobilwoche The German auto industry paper states that Tesla’s timeline for the Gigafactory Berlin has been dropped to January 2022:
“The start of production of the series at Tesla’s new Gigafactory in Grünheide near Berlin was delayed by six months to the end of January 2022, Tesla chief Elon Musk gave the team a half year more formal time. Automobilwoche Report referring to the company circle “
According to the report, regulatory approvals for the project were part of a delay as Tesla reportedly said officials would revise the application.
The publication also states that construction delays are also playing a role, including the battery cell plant Tesla is building at the site.
During a previously mentioned call by Tesla last week, Musk also said he expects Tesla to begin mass production of battery cells at the Gigafactory Berlin next year.
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