Local council approves Tesla’s plan to expand its German manufacturing

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Local council approves Tesla's plan to expand its German manufacturing
Local council approves Tesla's plan to expand its German manufacturing

Despite resistance from the American electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla, the German factory in Gruenheide, near Berlin, was given permission by the local council on Thursday to expand.

Tesla received approval from the local council on Thursday to expand its German facility in Gruenheide, close to Berlin, amid opposition to the plans from the American electric vehicle manufacturer.

The Gruenheide council’s approval is just the first of several obstacles that Tesla must overcome before it can begin expanding to include more logistical areas, such as a rail station. The local environmental authorities must also authorize the expansion.

In order to dominate the European EV market, the American EV manufacturer aims to quadruple the site’s capacity to produce 100 gigawatt hours of batteries and one million cars annually.

Earlier this month, there were altercations between police and protesters opposing the expansion, with some of them attempting to storm the facility. In March, there was no power at the plant due to a suspected arson attack nearby.

Protesters held up placards that said “People over Profit” or “Turn off the tap on Tesla” in front of the hall where the Gruenheide council members met on Thursday while being guarded by the police.

Tesla currently only intends to clear 47 hectares of forest, or half the original intended amount, after Gruenheide residents voted against its expansion plans in February.

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