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Tesla wins approval for first European gigafactory

By Joe Miller

04 Mar 2022 · 2 min read

Tesla’s first European “gigafactory” in Germany has received the conditional approval of local authorities to start production in a matter of weeks, several months after chief executive Elon Musk had hoped to open the site near Berlin.

The plant, which the company claims will eventually manufacture 500,000 vehicles a year, was originally supposed to start production last summer, but has faced numerous challenges from local environmentalists and campaigners.

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