German mayor denies Tesla cancels factory expansion project

The mayor of Gruenheide, Germany, Arne Christiani (Arne Christiani) said today that Tesla’s plans to expand its factory near Berlin have not changed and are still in the process of under construction. Christiani said last week that the vote on "Tesla's factory expansion plan" has been postponed indefinitely.

Glenhead City Council will not discuss the expansion plan at its meeting this month, and it is unknown whether it will be back on the agenda later this year.

Subsequently, some media quoted people familiar with the matter as saying that Tesla has suspended plans to produce batteries in Germany (ie, a factory expansion project) and is considering moving the battery manufacturing production line back to the United States to obtain US electric vehicle and battery manufacturing tax credits Qualifications.

Today, Christiani refutes that claim. Christiani confirmed to the media that Tesla has made it clear that the plant expansion project has not changed and is still under construction.

Cristiani also said the vote on the expansion project was not on the agenda because Tesla applied for an extension in May. The matter is currently being discussed with relevant community representatives. Once these discussions are complete, the plan will be put on the agenda.

In May of this year, Tesla applied to the city of Glenheide to expand the area of ​​its German Gigafactory by a third, that is, to build another 100 hectares of factory area east of the factory for battery production.

Tesla announced back in November 2019 that it planned to build a new factory in Brandenburg, Germany, to cater to the rapidly growing demand for electric vehicles in Europe. Later, Musk said that the German factory plans to add a battery production facility. The facility will initially have an annual installed capacity of over 100-gigawatt hours and will eventually reach 250-gigawatt hours.

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