Tesla Inc has overcome a legal roadblock standing in the way of Elon Musk's plan to build an electric-car factory in Germany. Activists were upset that Tesla was allowed to begin clearing the land before the company received all of the necessary building permits, and they accused the court of granting Tesla preferential treatment. During this "phase 1", the Gigafactory is expected to produce 10,000 vehicles per week and employ up to 12,000 people, according to Tesla.
Tesla resumed cutting trees at its German factory site from Friday after a local court on Friday intervened and rejected a plea by environmentalists to stop felling trees for land clearing. "It's possibly a rare peak usage case, but not an everyday event".
The chief executive also noted that the forest is not natural; instead, it is better described as a tree farm that was planted for the production of cardboard.
Local officials had warned that construction could be delayed by six to nine months if the forest isn't cleared by mid-March.
Land cleared at the site of the new Tesla Gigafactory near Gruenheide Germany. Getty Images
"It's an important signal", Altmaier said on the sidelines of an event in Lithuania. Earlier this month, the court had to temporarily halt the felling. The court stopped the process with an injunction on February 15.
Tesla intends to offset the project's environmental impact by planting trees covering three times the area of the factory plot. Final planning approval for the factory has yet to be granted.
Under German law, as noted by the publication, Tesla will have to adhere to guidelines concerning the breeding season of local animals including wolves and snakes.
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