Tesla plans to change application for Giga Berlin, authorities give no timeline for approval

Tesla intends to make some changes to the application for Giga Berlin, a move that could possibly delay the opening of the massive factory.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Climate Protection (MLUK) in Brandenburg, Tesla plans to “incorporate further improvements” to its present application. The changes would be made in accordance with Section 4 of the Federal Emission Control Act.

The exact changes are not yet known, but the State Office for the Environment (LfU) is anticipating they will require public input. As a result, authorities are not providing any timeline for when approval for the changes will be given.

“Since there are no further details about the nature and scope of the planned changes, statements on the process and the time it will take to take a final decision can only be made at a later stage,” the ministry said.

Even though construction began early last year, the automaker has still not received all of its permits. Tesla has been critical of the slow approval process, saying in a 10-page letter earlier this month it was “particularly irritating” that the factory is still without its final permit.

In the Q1 2021 earnings report yesterday, the company said construction at Giga Berlin was progressing, and some equipment was already being moved into buildings on site. The Design Studio was recently updated to show deliveries of the Model Y in Europe are scheduled to begin later this year.

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