3rd September 2020
Federal Minister of Germany for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier assured Tesla CEO Elon Musk that the planned Tesla manufacturing plant in Brandenburg would receive any needed assistance from his department as Musk toured Germany.
The factory in question would be Tesla's first European car plan, aiming to employ an estimated 12 000 people and make as many as 500 000 cars a year and plans to begin operations y the summer of 2021.
The construction process is going relatively smoothly aside from local complaints about trees that were cut down for the factory, the fact that it is being built in a region with scarce water sources, and a few anti-Tesla protestors congregating outside when Musk visited the site in Gruenheide.
Tesla also needs final approval from authorities for the site but local authorities have signaled their support for the project.
Regulatory steps for the factory and more plans to reach the summer 2021 production start goal were discussed by Musk, the premier, and the state's economy minister Joerg Steinbach in Berlin and will include a public hearing on September 23.